Butler edged by Providence in top 25 showdown

Butler forward Tyler Wideman (4) deflects a shot by Providence forward Rodney Bullock (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Ben Bentil scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half, and 16th-ranked Providence rallied late to outlast No. 18 Butler 71-68 on Tuesday night.
Rodney Bullock added 16 points for the Friars (16-3, 4-2 Big East), who improved to 3-1 this season against ranked opponents. It was Providence’s second victory over Butler this season.
The Friars fought through some early foul trouble and poor shooting to overcome a four-point deficit in the closing minutes.
On Butler’s final possession, Kelan Martin missed a 3-pointer, the Bulldogs got the rebound and Kellen Dunham fired up a desperation 3 at the buzzer that missed everything.
Dunham led Butler (13-5, 2-4) with 21 points, including six 3-pointers, while Roosevelt Jones added 16.
The Bulldogs have lost four straight games to ranked foes.

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