Roundup: Kadeem Batts lifts Providence over URI

Kadeem Batts broke a 49-49 tie with a free throw with 22.1 seconds left and Providence held on for a 50-49 victory over intrastate rival Rhode Island Thursday night in men’s basketball in Kingston, R.I.

After Batts hit only 1 of 2 free throws, the Rams (6-4) set up for a last try, but freshman E.C. Matthews shot an airball on a fadeaway jumper, with Providence’s LaDontae Henton grabbing the rebound as time expired.

Bryce Cotton of the Friars (8-2) led all scorers with 15 points, but it was two offensive rebounds and scores by Tyler Harris that wound up as the difference.


Gilvydas Biruta led URI with 13 points and seven rebounds.

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The heated affair boiled over late in the game when Providence coach Ed Cooley and counterpart Dan Hurley were both out on the floor screaming at each other as they were being restrained. Both received technical fouls and, after a timeout, they met at midcourt and shook hands.

Harris finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Batts had 7 points and seven boards. Xavier Munford added 11 points for Rhode Island.

The Rams, down by 4 with 4:22 left, fought back to tie the game when Matthews scored on a floater with 53 seconds remaining.

Northern Illinois 64, Dartmouth 57 — Darrell Bowie scored 6 of his 12 points in the final four minutes and the Huskies held on to defeat the visiting Big Green. Bowie hit a layup to tie the game at 54, then made a layup to stretch the lead to 58-55 with 1:28 remaining. Bowie capped his scoring with a layup, giving Northern Illinois (3-4) a 62-57 lead with eight seconds to play. Jordan Threloff scored 11 points. Pete Rakocevic added 10 for the Huskies. Down 35-24 at half, Dartmouth (3-2) tied the game on a 24-13 run.

Women’s basketball


Connecticut 97, UC Davis 37 — Bria Hartley scored 20 of her 25 points before halftime and the top-ranked Huskies routed the Aggies in Hartford.

Breanna Stewart had 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists for UConn (10-0), which was playing with just six scholarship players because of injuries. It was the Huskies’ final tuneup before a showdown later this month with No. 2 Duke.

Sydnee Fipps scored 13 points and Kelsey Harris had 12 to lead UC Davis (2-5).

The Huskies used an early 22-0 run to break the game open, and led by 43 points at halftime.

Hartley outscored UC Davis, 20-17, by herself in the first half.


The senior guard was 8 of 9 from the floor during the game, including all five she attempted from 3-point range. Hartley became the 19th player at UConn to reach 1,500 points in her career.

Wisconsin 74, Boston College 59 — Senior Katie Zenevitch led the Eagles (3-5) with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Kristen Doherty chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Badgers (5-2) rallied from 10 points down early in the second half to win in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in Madison, Wis. Taylor Wurtz led Wisconsin with 22 points.


Top-ranked Southern New Hampshire University got two goals in the first half, and senior goalkeeper Dom DiMaggio made several key saves as the Penmen downed No. 14 Rockhurst University, 2-1, in the semifinals of the NCAA Division 2 men’s tournament in Evans, Ga. . . . Grand Valley State exploded for three goals in 12 minutes to beat American International College, 4-1, in the semifinals of the NCAA Division 2 women’s tournament, also in Evans, Ga. Grand Valley will play West Florida in the final on Saturday.

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Northeastern basketball forward Quincy Ford underwent successful back surgery at New England Baptist Hospital. The 6-foot-8-inch Ford, who had been experiencing soreness, played two games this season before being sidelined. He earned All-CAA third team honors a season ago after helping the Huskies capture the regular-season conference championship. He was named to the preseason All-CAA second team this year. Ford will seek a medical redshirt and is expected to return for the 2014-15 season with two years of eligibility remaining.