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Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Providence Game Recap

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Nick Arthur -

For the fifth time this season, it took overtime to decide a West Virginia basketball game.

Truck Bryant scored 32 points, West Virginia overcame a 15-point first-half deficit and the Mountaineers avoided their first four-game losing streak since 2005 with an 87-84 overtime victory over Providence on Sunday afternoon.

Bryant scored 24 of his 32 points after halftime, while shooting 11-22 from the field.

With less 10 seconds remaining in overtime in a tie game, Bryant nailed a three-pointer to seal the win.

"We didn't play very well and still were able to win the game and that's huge for us," said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins on his postgame radio show with the Mountaineer Sports Network. "Hopefully, this is a game that will get us back on track and back going where we got to go. I think everyone knows how hard our schedule is down the stretch."

Mountaineer junior forward Deniz Kilicli and senior forward Kevin Jones had 22 and 20 points, respectively.

Providence's Gerard Coleman scored 30 points.

The Friars used an 11-2 run early in the first half to jump out to a 17-9 advantage.

But, they were just getting started.

Providence made 14 of its first 16 shots, including its first four shots from three-point range, while leading by as many as 15 in the first half.

"I don't know that I've ever had a team play worse defensively than we did in the first half," Huggins said.

However, West Virginia ended the half on a 19-10 run and only trailed 42-36 at the half.

Deniz Kilicli led the Mountaineers with 11 points in the first half, while the Friars shot 63 percent from the floor.

Mountaineer senior guard Truck Bryant began to find his rhythm early in the second half. Bryant scored West Virginia's first eight points after halftime and the visitors continued to chip away at the lead.

The Mountaineers struggled to get over the hump, though.

The lead for Providence fluctuated from eight to two for most of the second half, as the Friars made the necessary plays to maintain its advantage.

After a steal and dunk by Bryant, West Virginia trailed by three with five minutes to play.

An offensive rebound and score by Kilicli had the Mountaineers within one point with 2:45 to play – the closest they had been since early in the first half.

"I thought Deniz (Kilicli) in the second half was what we have wanted Deniz to be," Huggins said.

The Mountaineers trailed by two with less than 10 seconds remaining when Bryant made a layup to tie the game and send it to overtime.

West Virginia outscored Providence 11-8 in overtime.

Jones has now scored at least 20 points in nine straight games.

What will the win do for the Mountaineers?

"It will sure make that flight home a lot better," Huggins said.

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