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Fortune then fouled Mayo behind the three-point arc. The reserve guard for Marquette hit all three free throws with 19 seconds left to tie the game at 59-59.

PC wisely put the ball in Cotton’s hands but he missed a contested jumper. Marquette’s Davante Gardner gathered and fired an 85-foot bomb that was on the money. The shot was originally ruled good but quickly over-turned after the officials had a chance to review it.

“I saw it go in, but I was trying to keep our guys from acting like clowns,” said Marquette head coach Buzz Williams. “(The officials) said it wasn’t close.”

Marquette held a 71-70 lead when Providence’s Carson Desrosiers was fouled with 12 seconds left in the first overtime. He made 1-of-2 at the line to send the game into a second overtime.

“I was just praying the whole time,” said Batts when asked what was racing through his mind as he watching Desrosiers from the bench.

The Golden Eagles appeared in good shape after two free throw by Mayo made it 80-77, but PC got a quick hoop by Henton followed by some fortunate bounces.

The Friars have now played in six overtime games this season with four of those contests ending in double overtime. The Golden Eagles have played in five overtime games.

Marquette lost despite outrebounding PC, 54-39, and outscoring the Friars in the paint, 32-14.

Davante Gardner finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Marquette while Jamil Wilson had 11 points and 14 rebounds.