Down by as much as 20 points in the first half on the road against Providence College at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Friday night, the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team came back to win in thrilling fashion, 79-78. The Minutemen fell behind as the Friars nailed nine 3-pointers in the opening frame compared to their own 2-for-7 shooting performance from beyond the arc. After the break, Carl Pierre helped them crawl back into it. The freshman drained five of UMass’ six 3-point attempts in the second half, helping them outscore Providence 47-28 that half after Luwane Pipkins’ layup with 10 seconds left secured the narrow victory. Proud of our @UMassBasketball guys tonight. Kept battling and settled down to play defense in the second half. Good win against a well coached and talented PC team. #Flagship [?] — Ryan Bamford (@UMassADBamford) December 8, 2018 Pipkins led the comeback with 26 points, five rebounds and five assists. Curtis Cobb added 16 points, three rebounds and three assists, Pierre had 15 points, Rashaan Holloway had eight points and seven rebounds, and Samba Diallo, in his first career start, had seven points and 10 rebounds. The Minutemen, now 6-4, continue their road trip south to Temple, where they’ll face the Owls on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.