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Providence Defeats Boston College in Overtime, 98-89

Tyrese Rice drives to the basket between Providence's Johnathan Kale and Geoffrey McDermott during the first half.

Tyrese Rice drives to the basket between Providence's Johnathan Kale and Geoffrey McDermott during the first half.

Dec. 1, 2007

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BOSTON (AP) - Weyinmi Efejuku had 21 points for Providence, which led by 24 points early in the second half then hit two 3-pointers in the final 1:05 of regulation to force overtime in a 98-89 victory over Boston College on Saturday night.

Jeff Xavier added 20 points for the Friars (5-1), who seemed to have the game in The Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase at TD Banknorth Garden wrapped up with a 62-38 lead with 15 minutes left in regulation.

The Eagles (5-1) went on a 17-0 run over the next 7 minutes to get to 62-55. Again, the Friars seemed to have things under control with a 70-61 lead with 5:11 left, but Boston College scored the next 13 points to go 74-70 with 2:10 to go.

Two free throws by Tyrese Rice gave the Eagles a 72-70 lead, their first since 8-6.

Shamari Spears made two free throws with 1:12 to go to give BC a 76-70 lead and this time it was the Friars who rallied as Xavier and Efejuku hit 3s, the second tying the game with 22 seconds to go.

Boston College had the final possession of regulation but Rice's 3-point attempt with 5 seconds left was off the mark.

The overtime was all Providence as the Friars opened it with a 13-2 run. Xavier and Efejuku both had 3s in the run and this time the deficit was too much for the Eagles.

Rice had 25 points for Boston College, while freshman Corey Raji tripled his previous career high with 24 points.

Providence closed the first half with a 16-6 run to take a 49-34 lead. Xavier and Efejuku each had a 3 in the 9-0 run that gave the Friars the 62-38 lead with 15:20 to go in regulation.

This was the 102nd meeting of the New England schools and Providence holds a 57-45 lead. The schools were both in the Big East until Boston College left for the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2005.

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