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University of Providence men clip No. 6 Carroll College 59-58

Posted at 10:14 PM, Feb 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 16:48:43-04

GREAT FALLS — DeShaun Rice had a game-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds as the University of Providence Argos defeated No. 6 Carroll College 59-58 in Frontier Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday evening.

The Argos held Carroll all-American to nine points, the first time this season the senior didn’t reach double figures, and forced 11 Saints’ turnovers in the win. Carroll had a six-game win streak snapped in the loss.

Rice hit seven field goals, including three 3-pointers, while Sergio Barkley added 16 points for the Argos (11-15 overall, 5-11 Frontier Conference). Rice’s free throw with 44 seconds remaining broke a 58-all tie, then Imhoff and Kyle Nickol missed go-ahead baskets as the game concluded.

Carroll (23-5, 11-5) led 32-26 at halftime and held a five-point lead with 3:55 to play. Match Burnham scored two of his team-high 16 points to give Carroll a 56-51 advantage, but the Argos quickly chipped away. Rice and Barkley scored five straight points to tie the game at 56, then took the lead on a steal from Rice and two more from Barkley.

Matt Wyman’s bucket in the paint with 1:04 left tied the game at 58, before Rice made the first of two free throws to clinch the win.

Carroll hosts Lewis-Clark State and Montana Western to close out the regular season. The Saints trail the Bulldogs by one game in the race for the conference title and No. 1 seed entering the league’s postseason tournament.

Providence finishes its regular season at MSU-Northern and Montana Tech.