Marquette beats No. 20 Providence, 96-91, in 2OT
Feb. 10, 2016
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jajuan Johnson scored 16 points and hit a key 3-pointer with 1:16 left in double overtime, and Marquette outlasted No. 20 Providence for a 96-91 victory on Wednesday night.
Henry Ellenson had 26 points and 16 rebounds, while the Golden Eagles (16-9, 5-7 Big East) overcame 42 points by Providence's Ben Bentil.
The conference scoring leader hit a 3-pointer from the corner off the glass to make it 92-88 with 33 seconds left. Another 3 by Bentil from the wing got the Friars (18-7, 6-6) within three with 16 seconds left.
Antsy Marquette fans who had started heading for the exits had to wait a little while longer. They groaned after Sandy Cohen III missed two foul shots with 14 seconds left.
But Bentil couldn't hit his final attempt from behind the arc, and Marquette's Traci Carter finished the game off by hitting two foul shots with 3 seconds left.
Marquette swept the season series and handed the Friars their third straight loss.
Both teams had several chances to end it earlier in the night.
Marquette led by five with 43 seconds left in the first overtime before Providence rallied, capped by two foul shots by Jalen Lindsey with 8 seconds left to tie it at 81.
In regulation, Providence's Kris Dunn hit a 3 with 1:21 left but went 1 of 2 from the foul line with 33 seconds to leave the Friars two points ahead.
Carter drove the lane for a tying layup 8 seconds later, and a tightly-guarded Dunn threw a high pass to the wing that glanced of Lindsey's hands and out of bounds to ensure that the game would go into overtime.
Dunn finished with 17 points but sat out the second overtime after fouling out.
The bevy of NBA scouts in attendance to watch potential first-round draft picks Dunn and Ellenson witnessed a tense thriller.
Providence: Bentil played 48 minutes and shot 11 of 29 from the field and 14 of 17 from the foul line. He added 12 rebounds. Coach Ed Cooley said his leading scorer's right foot was still a little sore after suffering the injury last week against DePaul.
Marquette: Center Luke Fischer had 12 points and 10 rebounds and fouled out. He was mired in foul trouble for much of the night after picking up his third late in the first half. ... The Golden Eagles allowed a nine-point lead with 8:44 left in the second half to whittle away.
Providence: Hosts Georgetown on Saturday.
Marquette: Hosts Creighton on Saturday.
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