The game is almost not over suddenly don’t want to end.
With 2 minutes and 43 seconds remaining in the second half of the men’s basketball game between 11 Providence and Xavier on Wednesday night, officials halted the game because of slippery conditions. Leaks from the ceiling at the gymnasium in Providence, RI, caused water to fall onto the field. Resume playing after 10 minutes.
Then it’s time to work overtime. Then add a second interval. And then a third.
Ultimately, with 31.5 seconds remaining in third extra time, Providence’s Jared Bynum beat Xavier’s area defense with a deep 3-pointer to give the Friars the lead before they won 99- 92.
Providence (23-3, 13-2 Big East) went one step further to claim its first regular-season Big East title, while Xavier (17-10, 7-9), entered the game scheduled for widely guessed as an NCAA team despite a recent skate, losing for the fifth time in six games.
Bob Driscoll, Providence’s athletic director, said standing water on the roof is believed to be the cause of the problem. told CBS Sports, broadcast the game. After continuing to play, for a short period of time the managers ran into the court with the towel while the action continues on the other end.
“Whatever it was, it worked,” Providence Coach Ed Cooley said in his post-game press conference.
Xavier took the lead, 66-63, in injury time but lost the advantage after the Friars made it 4-0. After a jump by Providence’s Al Durham tied the game to 23 seconds, Xavier’s Adam Kunkel missed a jump with three seconds left to send the game into extra time.
Providence had a chance to seal the victory in the second extra time, but Alyn Breed’s failed free-throw with 6.6 seconds remaining kept the lead by three points. Xavier’s Paul Scruggs grabbed the rebound, sped up and hit a three-pointer from the left to the whistle to end third time.
“We don’t have air in our feet to try to stink,” Cooley said. “With six seconds left, it’s almost automatic. And we couldn’t catch him. “
Bynum led all scorers with 27 points, and Durham, Providence’s second-highest scorer, added 13 points before fouling in second extra time. Kunkel led the Musketeers with 20 points, while Colby Jones and Jack Nunge had doubles.
The teams avoided the fate of a game in February 2018 also at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
On a similar, unusually warm day in the morning and afternoon before precipitation dropped in temperature, the change in weather created condensation on the pitch from the ice surface below it. The arena also hosts the Providence Bruins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Boston Bruins.
Seton Hall and Providence had to play 13:03 remaining the next day at Alumni Hall, the campus band had never hosted a boys basketball game in the Big East.
Confidence does not have to deal with this problem exclusively. In 2016, the Philadelphia 76ers had to postpone their game against the Sacramento Kings because of wet ground after the Flyers had a home game the night before.
But Wednesday needed no postponement or change of venue, and Providence, with its third overtime win of the season, continued its march to the NCAA.
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