Providence Beats Xavier After Delay


The sport that nearly didn’t get to complete immediately didn’t need to finish.

With 2 minutes 43 seconds remaining within the second half of the lads’s basketball recreation between No. 11 Windfall and Xavier on Wednesday night time, officers halted play due to slippery circumstances. Leaks from the ceiling on the enviornment in Windfall, R.I., had brought on water to fall onto the court docket. Play resumed after a delay exceeding 10 minutes.

Then got here time beyond regulation. Then a second additional interval. After which a 3rd.

Lastly, with 31.5 seconds left within the third time beyond regulation, Windfall’s Jared Bynum beat Xavier’s zone protection with a deep 3-pointer to offer the Friars their largest lead earlier than they clinched a 99-92 victory.

Windfall (23-3, 13-2 Huge East) took yet one more step towards profitable its first regular-season Huge East title, whereas Xavier (17-10, 7-9), having entered the sport extensively projected as an N.C.A.A. event group regardless of a current skid, misplaced for the fifth time in six video games.

Standing water on the roof was believed to have brought on the issue, Bob Driscoll, Windfall’s athletic director, told CBS Sports, which broadcast the sport. As soon as play resumed, for a quick interval managers ran onto the court with towels whereas motion continued on the different finish.

“No matter it was, it labored,” Windfall Coach Ed Cooley said in his postgame news conference.

Xavier led, 66-63, on the stoppage however misplaced its benefit after a 4-0 run by the Friars. After a jumper by Windfall’s Al Durham tied the sport with 23 seconds left, Xavier’s Adam Kunkel missed a bounce shot with three seconds left to ship the sport to time beyond regulation.

Windfall had an opportunity to seal a victory within the second time beyond regulation, however Alyn Breed’s missed free throw with 6.6 seconds left stored the margin at 3 factors. Xavier’s Paul Scruggs grabbed the rebound, sprinted upcourt and made a 3-pointer from the left wing on the buzzer to power the third time beyond regulation.

“We simply had no gasoline in our legs to attempt to foul,” Cooley mentioned. “With six seconds left, it’s virtually automated. And we simply couldn’t catch him.”

Bynum led all scorers with 27 factors, and Durham, Windfall’s second-leading scorer, added 13 earlier than fouling out within the second time beyond regulation. Kunkel led the Musketeers with 20 factors, and Colby Jones and Jack Nunge had double-doubles.

The groups prevented the destiny of a February 2018 recreation additionally on the Dunkin’ Donuts Middle.

On the same day, unseasonably heat within the morning and afternoon earlier than a precipitous temperature drop, the climate change created condensation on the court docket from the ice floor beneath it. The sector additionally hosts the Windfall Bruins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Boston Bruins.

Seton Corridor and Windfall needed to play the remaining 13:03 the subsequent day at Alumni Corridor, the on-campus bandbox that had by no means hosted a Huge East males’s basketball recreation.

Windfall doesn’t face this downside completely. In 2016, the Philadelphia 76ers needed to postpone a recreation in opposition to the Sacramento Kings due to a moist court docket after the Flyers had a house recreation the earlier night time.

However Wednesday wanted no postponement or change of venue, and Windfall, with its third time beyond regulation win of the season, continued its march to the N.C.A.A. event.