URI, PC stay alive in conference tournaments

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(WPRI) — Tournament season is underway and two Rhode Island men’s basketball teams boosted their postseason resumes with big wins on Friday.


After knocking off #4 seed Creighton in overtime Thursday night, the Providence College Friars on Friday bounced top-seeded Xavier from the Big East Tournament in dramatic fashion.

Down by 17 at one point, PC rallied and once again forced overtime en route to a 75-72 victory over the third-ranked team in the nation.

Thursday’s win was a big boost for the Friars, who are seeking a fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth.


The University of Rhode Island Rams advanced in the A-10 Tournament with a 76-67 win over VCU in Washington, D.C.

Coming off a remarkable season, top-seeded URI now advances to the semifinals and on Saturday will take on the winner of St. Joseph’s and George Mason.

The Rams are the A-10 Tournament’s defending champions. However, unlike last year, URI likely doesn’t need to win the whole thing to make it to the NCAA Tournament. Instead, the team is looking to improve their seed in the Big Dance.

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MARCH HOOPS: Eyewitness Sports is following PC and URI every step of the way with live team coverage. Mark Dondero will have live reports from Madison Square Garden where the Friars are playing in The Big East Tournament. Ruthie Polinsky will be in Washington, D.C. where the Rams are in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.