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Bryant 3 Lifts WVU Past Friars

Overtime victory snaps Mountaineers’ skid

February 6, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Darryl Bryant's 3-pointer with just over a second left in overtime gave West Virginia an 87-84victory against Providence on Sunday.

The two teams exchanged leads throughout the extra period, and Providence's Gerard Coleman made 1 of 2 free throws to tie it at 84-all with 10 seconds left. Bryant then drove down the court and hit the game-winner.

"I just wanted to get the win and get out of here," Bryant said. "That's all I was thinking."

He led the Mountaineers (16-8, 6-5 Big East) with 32 points, Deniz Kilicli added a career-high 22 and Kevin Jones finished with 20.

Providence (13-11, 2-9) got off to a hot start, making 16 of 18 from the field. But West Virginia put together a 12-3 run at the end of the first half to make 42-36 at halftime.

West Virginia trailed 70-63 with 5:29 left in regulation and scored six straight, including four by Bryant.

"What you saw today was a perfect example of one team with seniors who have won going up against a team that is still learning to win," Providence coach Ed Cooley said.

After West Virginia tied it at 72-72, Coleman made a short basket to give the Friars back the lead.

West Virginia then fouled Vincent Council, who made 1 of 2 from the line. Kevin Jones hit a shot for the Mountaineers to make it a one-point game and Coleman made a free throw to tie it.

Bryant then made a driving layup to send it to overtime tied at 76.

Providence started the game 14 for 16 from the free-throw line, but in the final 3 minutes of regulation it shot only 4 of 8.

"We're very honest with our guys about where we are and where we stand," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. We needed to win. And we're fortunate they missed some free throws."

Coleman scored 30 points and Council had 16 points and nine assists to lead the Friars, who lost their eighth straight to West Virginia.

Miami 78, No. 7 Duke 74, OT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Reggie Johnson scored five of his career-high 27 points in overtime and Miami upset No. 7 Duke.

Kenny Kadji added 15 points for the Hurricanes (14-7, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew a 16-point lead in the second half, then regrouped to claim their first victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium and just their second win over Duke since joining the ACC.

Seth Curry scored 22 points and freshman Austin Rivers added 20 for the Blue Devils (19-4, 6-2), who missed all six of their free throws in overtime and were beaten by a Florida-based conference rival for the second time this season.

Rivers and Ryan Kelly missed 3s in the final seconds for Duke and Johnson added a free throw with one-tenth of a second remaining.

Johnson had 12 rebounds. Durand Scott added 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting for the Hurricanes, who had a chance to win it in regulation but couldn't get a shot off before the buzzer.

No. 9 Michigan St. 64

No. 23 Michigan 54

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Draymond Green had 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead Michigan State.

The Spartans (18-5, 7-3 Big Ten) ended a three-game skid in the rivalry and moved into sole possession of second place in the conference behind third-ranked Ohio State.

The Wolverines (17-7, 7-4) haven't won or lost consecutive games in nearly a month.

Green, who matched Michigan's rebound total by himself, played after spraining his left knee on Tuesday in a loss to Illinois.

Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. missed his first six shots and had a season-low four points on 1-of-10 shooting. Freshman Trey Burke finished with 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting.

The Spartans took control with a 17-7 run early in the first half and pulled away with eight straight points to take a 57-40 lead with just under 3 minutes left.

Michigan State outrebounded the Wolverines 40-16, including 12-3 on the offensive glass.

 
 

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