Collins scores 21 points, Billikens defeats Providence 76-73

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Yuri Collins scored 21 points and Saint Louis beat Providence 76-73 Sunday night in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off third-place game.

A three-point play by Collins gave the Billikens a 74-73 lead with 26 seconds left. Providence’s Jared Bynum missed a jumper with six seconds left and Francis Okoro made two free throws for the Billikens with four seconds left.

Collins had five rebounds, seven assists, and three steals for the Billikens (4-1). Javonte Perkins scored 14 points and Okoro finished with 10 points while adding nine rebounds.

The brothers (3-2) were led by Bryce Hopkins, who had 20 points and nine rebounds. Bynum added 15 points for Providence. Ed Croswell had 11 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

Providence led 36-30 at halftime.

Both teams play on Wednesday. Saint Louis hosts Paul Quinn and Providence hosts Merrimack. Collins scores 21 points, Billikens defeats Providence 76-73

Sarah Y. Kim

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