AMHERST, Mass.(AP) — Ricky Harris’ layup with 3.5 seconds
remaining gave Massachusetts a 69-67 victory over Rhode Island
on Saturday that clinched an Atlantic 10 Conference tournament
berth for the Minutemen.
Harris scored 28 points and moved into third place in career
scoring for the Minutemen (11-19, 5-11) with 1,917 points,
passing Lou Roe.
The Rams (21-8, 9-7) led 49-40 with 11:38 left before a 12-1 run
gave Massachusetts a 52-50 lead.
After a layup by Delroy James gave Rhode Island its final lead,
62-61, with 2:49 left, baskets by Terrell Vinson and Harris put
the Minutemen ahead by three.
Rhode Island’s Marquis Jones tied the game at 67 on two free
throws with 37 seconds left but missed a 3-point try at the
buzzer after Harris’ go-ahead layup.
Javorn Farrell scored 12 points and Freddie Riley 11 for
Jones scored 15 points and James 12 for Rhode Island.