The Providence Friars sank four straight free throws in the last seven seconds of regulation time to send the game into overtime and then outscored Virginia, 10-7, to score an 75-71 victory over the Cavaliers in the teams' basketball opener tonight.
Raymond Knight made an easy layup with 10 seconds left and completed the three-point play to seal the victory in overtime.
The game was the opener of the Hawaiian Airlines-Chaminade Invitational.
The Cavaliers took the lead for the first time in the second half with 9:13 left when Mel Johnson scored from underneath.
Virginia then applied a full-court press, but the strategy met with mixed results. Twice, Virginia boosted its lead to four points, but the Friars kept it close.
Darrick Simms, a freshman out of Flint Hill Academy in Fairfax, Va., and Tom Sheehey each had 18 points and sophomore center Olden Polynice provided 16 for Virginia.
The first half ended with Virginia's Harold Starks slamming in an errant shot by Sheehey to tie the score at 29.
Both teams started slowly, with most of Virginia's firepower coming from Sheehey, who scored eight points in the half.
Providence substitute Matt Palazzi entered in the middle of the first half and produced eight points to lead the Friars.
The only player in foul trouble was Friars' starting guard Knight, who had three.