PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Vincent Council scored 19 points, dished out 11 assists, and brought down seven rebounds as Providence defeated Holy Cross 82-77 on Tuesday night.
Early in the second half, the Friars (5-2) appeared to take control, leading 66-51 with just under 11 minutes left, but Holy Cross (2-5) put together an 18-3 run, punctuated by an R.J. Evans 3-pointer, to tie the game at 69.
The score remained close, but a three-point play by Providence freshman LaDontae Henton with 25 seconds left gave the Friars the lead to stay.
The Crusaders' Phil Beans attempted a desperation 3-pointer to tie the game with 4 seconds left, but the ball caromed off the backboard directly into the hands of Bryce Cotton, who quickly drew a foul and made both free throws to end the game.
Evans and Dave Dudzinski led the Crusaders with 21 points apiece, and Dudzinski added 11 rebounds.