Forward Bill Eason dropped in a short jumper with 15 seconds left yesterday, giving Providence College a 61-59 college basketball victory over seventh-ranked North Carolina.

The 20th-ranked Friars, who snapped a three-game losing streak last week, boosted their record to 18-4.

The quicker Tar Heels, who have averaged 86 points a game this season, seemed daunted by Providence's trap zone defense. Guard Phil Ford, the Tar Heels' high-scoring senior guard, hit for a game-high 18 points, but was shut out in the late stages of the second half.

The second half was marked by rough play under the boards and Friar center Bob Misevicius, and guard Dwight Williams, who had four fouls in the first half, fouled out.

Trailing 59-55 with three minutes to play and Misevicius and Williams on the bench, Providence broke the famed North Carolina four-corner offense on a three-point play by reserve guard David Frye. With 2:19 to go, the Friars tied the score on a free throw by substitute center Rich Hunger.

North Carolina (20-5) stayed in its four-corner delay offense with the game tied and Providence's Bruce Campbell fouled Tar Heel center Geff Crompton, who missed the free throw. Paul Oristaglio, a senior guard, grabbed the rebound and fed Eason for the winning points.

Mike O'Koren, the Tar Heels' second-leading scorer this season, left late in the game with an ankle injury after scoring 17 points. Team officials said the 6-foot-7 sophomore's left ankle was placed in a cast, but the extent of the injury was not immediately known.

The contest was played in the Providence Civic Center in downtown Providenc where cars were banned from the streets because of the snow emergency - forcing more than 8,000 fans to walk to the game, some more than 12 miles.