Luwane Pipkins scored 26 points, including the go-ahead layup with 10 seconds remaining, as Massachusetts stormed back from a 20-point deficit to get a dramatic 79-78 win over host Providence on Friday night.

Pipkins gave the Minutemen (6-4) their third win in 15 all-time trips to Providence when he drove around David Duke and converted the layup while directly under the basket.

After Pipkins made his dramatic shot, Alpha Diallo missed a layup with one second remaining, and the Minutemen celebrated winning their first true road game at center court.

Pipkins produced his fourth straight 20-point game and fifth overall as the Minutemen outscored Providence (7-3) 47-28 in the second half by shooting 60 percent after halftime.

Curtis Cobb added 16 while Carl Pierre hit five 3-pointers and scored all 15 of his points after halftime for Massachusetts.

Diallo led Providence with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting but shot 2 of 8 after halftime and committed six turnovers. Reserve Nate Watson was the only other double-figure scorer for the Friars with 14 points.

Diallo scored 13 points in the first half when the Friars pulled away and held a 50-32 lead. The Friars built their lead by shooting 56.3 percent and closing out the half with a 27-10 run.

UMass made it a one-point game at 71-70 with 6:06 remaining on a 3-pointer by Cobb. The Minuteman kept staying close and were within 76-75 after Diallo’s sixth turnover led to Pierre’s fifth 3-pointer with 2:56 remaining.

Following a turnover by Reeves, Cobb hit an off-balanced leaning jumper in the paint to put Massachusetts ahead 77-76 with 2:25 remaining.

Diallo’s layup with 2:03 left restored Providence’s lead with 2:03 remaining. The Minuteman missed a chance at taking the lead when Samba Diallo missed two free throws with 83 seconds left.

Providence missed chances to expand the lead in the final minute as Watson blew a layup and missed a jumper following an offensive rebound. After Pipkins grabbed the defensive rebound, the Minutemen called a full timeout with 25 seconds remaining to draw up their dramatic play.

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