NEWARK, NJ (AP) –Nate Watson scored 16 points to lead five in double digits as undefeated Providence never trailed and beat the undefeated Northwest 77-72 on Monday night in the Roman Legends Classic.
Providence (5-0) advances to face Virginia in the tournament championship on Tuesday.
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Jared Bynum scored 15 points for the Friars. Brycen Goodine added 12 points and Noah Horchler had 11. They combined 10 of the Friars’ 14 3 points. Al Durham also had 11 points.
Boo Buie scored 23 points on 8 of 15 shots to lead Northwestern (4-1). Pete Nance added 20 points.
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The Friars built a 36-27 halftime lead and opened the second half in a 19-10 run that included a Watson alley-oop dunk to extend the lead to 55-37 with 11: 22 remaining.
A 7-0 push brought Northwestern back to five points in the final minute, Buie’s 3-pointer pushing the Wildcats to 75-70 with 12 seconds left. Horchler then made a pair of free throws to seal it.
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