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UMass beats Providence on Terrell Vinson tip-in at buzzer

  • UMass’ Jesse Morgan, right, battles for the ball against Providence’s players Sidiki Johnson, left, and Brice Kofane during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    UMass’ Jesse Morgan, right, battles for the ball against Providence’s players Sidiki Johnson, left, and Brice Kofane during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Providence’s LaDontae Henton, center, goes up for a shot against UMass' players Raphiael Putney, right, and Tyler Bergantino during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Providence’s LaDontae Henton, center, goes up for a shot against UMass' players Raphiael Putney, right, and Tyler Bergantino during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Providence’s Bryce Colton, right, drives the ball against UMass’ Jesse Morgan during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Providence’s Bryce Colton, right, drives the ball against UMass’ Jesse Morgan during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Providence’s Bryce Colton, right, drives the ball against UMass’ Terrell Vinson during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Providence’s Bryce Colton, right, drives the ball against UMass’ Terrell Vinson during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Providence’s LaDontae Henton, right, goes for a shot against UMass' players Maxie Esho, center, and Sampson Carter during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Providence’s LaDontae Henton, right, goes for a shot against UMass' players Maxie Esho, center, and Sampson Carter during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Providence’s LaDontae Henton, center, drives pass the ball against UMass’ players Jesse Morgan, right, and Maxie Esho during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Providence’s LaDontae Henton, center, drives pass the ball against UMass’ players Jesse Morgan, right, and Maxie Esho during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Providence’s Josh Fortune, right, pressures UMass’ Chaz Williams during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Providence’s Josh Fortune, right, pressures UMass’ Chaz Williams during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Providence’s Brice Colton, right, fights for the ball against UMass’ Terrell Vinson during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Providence’s Brice Colton, right, fights for the ball against UMass’ Terrell Vinson during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Providence’s Kadeem Batts, back, goes for a shot against UMass' Cady Lalanne (25) during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Providence’s Kadeem Batts, back, goes for a shot against UMass' Cady Lalanne (25) during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) Purchase photo reprints »

  • UMass’ Jesse Morgan, right, battles for the ball against Providence’s players Sidiki Johnson, left, and Brice Kofane during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
  • Providence’s LaDontae Henton, center, goes up for a shot against UMass' players Raphiael Putney, right, and Tyler Bergantino during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
  • Providence’s Bryce Colton, right, drives the ball against UMass’ Jesse Morgan during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
  • Providence’s Bryce Colton, right, drives the ball against UMass’ Terrell Vinson during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
  • Providence’s LaDontae Henton, right, goes for a shot against UMass' players Maxie Esho, center, and Sampson Carter during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
  • Providence’s LaDontae Henton, center, drives pass the ball against UMass’ players Jesse Morgan, right, and Maxie Esho during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
  • Providence’s Josh Fortune, right, pressures UMass’ Chaz Williams during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
  • Providence’s Brice Colton, right, fights for the ball against UMass’ Terrell Vinson during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
  • Providence’s Kadeem Batts, back, goes for a shot against UMass' Cady Lalanne (25) during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico — Terrell Vinson never saw his final shot go in.

The University of Massachusetts senior forward was knocked to the floor after tapping the rebound off Chaz Williams’ missed shot back toward the net.

But when he saw the bench, led by staff assistant Lou Roe, racing toward him joyously, he knew he’d given the Minutemen their second straight buzzer-beating win, 77-75 over Providence at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

The game appeared headed for overtime when Williams’ driving layup attempt rolled off the rim, but Vinson crashed from the left baseline and tipped the ball back in as time ran out.

“It was another heart-pounding victory,” UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. “I’m not sure who deserved to win. ... That we were able to come away with a victory is a testament to the type of kids we have. We’re ecstatic. Two buzzers-beaters in a week is probably a little much for a coach. When it works out that way there’s nothing more fulfilling and gratifying than winning a game the way we won it.”

Williams saw divine intervention.

“We are really happy with the victory but not happy with our performance,” said Williams, who had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and six turnovers. “Fortunately, God blessed us and the shot went in. ... Actually it looked like God gave it a little push.”

Against Harvard on Tuesday, Vinson, who was the Minutemen’s most clutch player last year, fouled out and watched Sampson Carter’s 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left gave UMass a 67-64 win. He was eager to make an impact this time.

“Just in case it didn’t go in or he passed it, I just had to stay active in the lane,” said Vinson, who had 14 points and six rebounds. “You can see something about our team every time you watch us. We have a no-quit mentality.”

Carter had his hand in the heroics again. With the score tied 75-75 with 22 seconds left, Providence’s Ladonte Henton drove to the basket, but Carter took a charge setting up the final sequence.

Despite having a roster reduced by injuries to just six scholarship players, the Friars matched the Minutemen’s energy throughout.

“Our kids played their tails off. We won a lot of things tonight. We just didn’t win the game,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said. “I told our kids I was really proud of them.”

UMass came into the game wanting to force turnovers and to use its defensive pressure to harass the Friars, who were playing without a true point guard. Instead, it was the Minutemen who gave the ball away — 17 times, including seven in the second half. PC’s Bryce Cotton, a converted shooting guard, handled the pressure and finished with 23 points, five assists and two turnovers, outplaying Williams.

“We tried to wear them down, but they kept fighting and scrapping,” Kellogg said. “They did a better job handling pressure than I thought they would. That’s a scrappy team.”

UMass (2-0) advanced to face No. 6 North Carolina State (2-0) in the tournament semifinals at 5 p.m. today. Providence (2-1) dropped into the losers’ bracket where it will face Penn State at 7:30 p.m.

The Minutemen, who were in control for much of the first half, built a 41-30 lead late, but the Friars scored the last five points of the first half to cut their deficit to 41-35.

Providence’s momentum carried into the second half. UMass pulled back ahead by eight, but PC used a 19-6 surge to take a 62-57 lead with 7:34 left.

The Friars kept the Minutemen at arm’s length, but couldn’t pull away. Jesse Morgan scored six of his team-high 18 points in the final three minutes, including a 3-pointer with 1:22 left that tied the game 75-75.

“That was amazing, two games like that in one week,” Kellogg said. “The kids persevered and kept fighting. We have some things to work on, but it’s nice to be 2-0.”

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Follow UMass coverage on Twitter at twitter.com/GazetteUMass. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage.

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