Rhode Island 86, Providence 82

Keith Cothran scored 19 points, going 6-for-6 from the free

throw line in the final 2 minutes as Rhode Island rallied past

Providence 86-82 on Saturday.

The decisive play came with the game tied 78-78, as the Rams’

Orion Outerbridge blocked Jamine Peterson’s lay-up attempt and

Cothran was fouled after grabbing the rebound. He stepped to the

line and sank both free throws, putting Rhode Island (5-1) up for

good.

Five players reached double figures for the Rams, who forced 19

Providence turnovers.

Peterson had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds to

lead the Friars.

Providence (5-3) led by as many as 16 in the opening minutes of

the second half, but the Rams responded with a 14-1 run that pulled

them within three, 54-51.