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Dominique Jones has school-record 46 points as USF Bulls rally to beat Providence in overtime

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — This is what it took for USF to post an extremely rare road victory in the Big East, in this case 109-105 in overtime Saturday against Providence:

• The Bulls overcame a 92-83 Providence lead with 45 seconds left in regulation.

• Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (12 points) buried a 3-point shot with 0.2 seconds left to tie it at 95 and force overtime.

• Dominique Jones scored a school-record 46 points, 33 in the second half and overtime. He was two points shy of the Big East record for a game, set by Providence's Eric Murdoch in 1991 against Pittsburgh.

Granted, the Bulls still are only 3-35 all time in Big East road games since joining the conference four years ago. But they'll be hard-pressed to come up with a more memorable win.

"I think it was better for us to get a win like this to show us as a team that we can play through adversity no matter what," Fitzpatrick said. "The fact that it was on the road was a definite plus for us because it's hard to get a road win in the Big East.

"Now that we know what it feels like, maybe we'll decide to do it more often."

Jones broke Charlie Bradley's 27-year-old school record and had the most points in the Big East this season. He led five USF players in double figures, with Mike Mercer adding 19 and Jarrid Famous 17.

Jones sank a jumper that pulled USF (12-7, 2-5) within 95-92 with 13 seconds left, then Ryan Kardok got a loose ball on the inbounds and passed to Jones.

"As soon as (Jones) got the ball, the defense swarmed all over him," Fitzpatrick said. "He made an extra pass to Chris (Howard), and Chris made an extra pass to me. I was wide open on the right wing, and I let it go. I knew as soon as it came off my fingers it was going in."

Jones drained a 3-pointer to begin overtime, and the Bulls never trailed. Jones scored nine of USF's 14 points in OT.

Jones has been at his best in Big East games. Before torching Providence (11-8, 3-4), he had 26 points against Notre Dame, 30 against Syracuse and 28 against West Virginia.

"Jones played the whole ballgame and made his free throws," Providence coach Keno Davis said. "To become a great scorer you have to get to the line, which is one thing he did tonight.

"He also can get to the basket and hit those medium-range jumpers."

Given Jones' proficiency, there was little wonder he was double-teamed in the final seconds of regulation, giving Fitzpatrick the opportunity to drain what he called "the biggest shot I've ever hit. I'm just glad it went in."

USF 109

Providence 105


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