PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley knew the Rams were in for a tough one against Providence, which had won the matchup of cross-state rivals six straight times.He didnt see this coming, though.Kyron Cartwright, who had made four 3-pointers all season, hit four of five from beyond the arc in the first half. The Providence point guard finished with 19 points and eight assists to lead the Friars to a 63-60 victory over No. 21 Rhode Island on Saturday.Thats sports, and thats the type of thing that makes coaches go gray and lose their hair, Hurley said after his team lost for the third time in four games. Four 3-pointers in seven games and he made four today -- all in the first half.Rodney Bullock scored 17 points for the Friars (6-2). Cartwright had 15 in the first half and Jalen Lindsey scored nine of his 13 points in the second, five during a 7-0 run that erased a seven-point deficit.My teammates were telling me, `You need to take those shots to open up the defense, Cartwright said. (And) we dont shoot the ball to not make it.Hassan Martin had 14 points and 17 rebounds for Rhode Island (5-3), which lost at unranked Valparaiso and Providence a week after falling to No. 1 Duke. E.C. Matthews scored nine points and went 1 for 8 from 3-point range, airballing a 3 with 2 seconds left with a chance for the Rams to tie it.Games like this might help us down the stretch, Martin said. `So you just tell everybody to keep their head up.The Rams led 47-40 with 12:15 left when Cartwrights arm appeared to catch Christion Thompson in the left eye. Thompson went to the court, flailing his arms in the air looking for a call, but the teams played on until Lindsey hit a 3-pointer to make it a four-point game at 11:00.Lindseys free throws brought the Friars within two points, and Ryan Fazekas scored on a fast-break goaltending call to tie it. From there, there were three more ties and kept the game within one possession until Lindsey hit a fallaway jumper with 43 seconds left to give Providence a 59-55 lead.We beat a tournament team today, Providence coach Ed Cooley said.POLL IMPLICATONSIt will be difficult for Rhode Island to stay in The Associated Press Top 25 after its stumbles.Hurley said he isnt concerned.The goal at the beginning of the season was to win the Atlantic 10 and play in the NCAA Tournament.Thats all still in play.We expect to have a long and great season. Nothings changed for us, he said. We lost two tough road games in a long season.BULLOCKS BOUNCE-BACKBullock scored a career-high 36 points against New Hampshire on Wednesday, but he missed all three shots from the field in the first half and had only three points on six free throws at the break.Cooley told him not to worry about the shooting and to try to make something happen with rebounding or defense.Somebody coming of a great scoring game like he did theres going to be a lot of attention on him, Cooley said. I thought he showed some definite grit in the second half.TIP-INSRhode Island: Martin hit all three of his 3-point attempts in the first half. ... Martin surpassed the 1,000-point milestone against Valparaiso on Tuesday. ... The Rams have lost nine straight to Big East teams.Providence: The Friars lead the all-time series 73-56, including a buzzer-beating victory last year in Kingston. ... 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Coming up to the AFLs final bye week, ESPNs Power Rankings show that Adelaide are now genuine premiership contenders while Hawthorn and Sydney have both taken advantage of yet another Geelong slip-up.Greater Western Sydneys round-14 ranking score of 52 would have placed them atop the Power Rankings table in each of the previous five editions, but the Crows have them pipped after yet another highly convincing win against a top-four contender.\The Hawks may have fallen into top spot on the actual ladder this week, but theyre still ranked the third-best team on our Power Rankings, thanks in part to their slightly leaky defence and a challenging fixture in the coming weeks. Sydney, too, face a tough next three weeks of football, with the Dogs, Cats and Hawks on the horizon.For the third time this season, Geelong let slip a winnable game against much lower-ranked opponents, falling this time to a spirited St Kilda side that, on the back of two strong wins in a row, jump up to be just one point out of our top eight.Further down the ladder, Carltons fairytaale run seems to have ended; the Blues have lost two on the trot and must beat Collingwood on Saturday to keep alive their slimmest of September chances.ddddddddddddOne interesting trend emerged this week: the X-factor ratings are falling - in order - as you look down the rankings, with Adelaide and GWS posting a 9, while the next-ranked teams posted 8, 7, 6 ... all the way down to the bottom three teams that each have an X-factor rating of 2.LegendForm: The higher the number, the better a teams recent form.Draw: The higher the number, the easier a teams upcoming draw.Fitness: Determined by the number and quality of fit players available. 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