PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Vincent Council scored seven of his 12 points in the closing 5:21, including a key 3-point play off his only basket of the game, to lift Providence to a 77-68 win over Robert Morris in the second round of the NIT on Monday night.
LaDontae Henton led the Friars (19-14) with 21 points and Bryce Cotton had 20. Council added 10 assists and was 10 of 13 from the free-throw line despite shooting 1 of 9 from the floor.
Providence will face Baylor in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
Karvel Anderson had 18 points and Russell Johnson 16 for Robert Morris (24-11).
Council made a spinning off-balance basket, getting fouled on the play. He hit the free throw to give the Friars a 70-64 lead with 3 minutes left.
Robert Morris ousted defending NCAA champion Kentucky in the opening round.