How It Happened
Playing in front of an electric sellout crowd, Rhode Island knocked off No. 21 Nebraska 66-62 in overtime Saturday night.
With a crowd of 7,657 on its feet for much of the night the Rams (3-0) won a dogfight of a contest to beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 1998.
Rhode Island built a seven-point lead - the largest for either team all night - with 1:41 to go in overtime. Freshman Jared Terrell hit 3-point baskets on back-to-back possessions to start the extra period. Sophomore E.C. Matthews hit a floater with 2:08 to go, and a free throw from T.J. Buchanan made it 62-55 Rhode Island with 1:41 to go.
Nebraska responded with a 7-2 run to pull within 64-62, but Matthews made a pair of free throws with 4.0 seconds remaining to clinch the win for the Rams.
Rhode Island had a chance to win it in regulation, but a Matthews jumper with two seconds left was off, and Hassan Martin's put-back at the buzzer rolled just off the rim.
The last time Rhode Island beat a ranked opponent, was a 70-73 victory over No. 25 Utah on Dec. 2, 1998.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore E.C. Matthews scored a game-high 26 points and had 10 rebounds for a double-double. He scored 22 points after the break. During a 1:27 span early in the second half, Matthews scored eight straight points for the Rams, getting an old-fashioned three-point play, followed up by a 3-point shot and then a pair of free throws.
- Freshman Jared Terrell scored 12 point, six of which came in overtime.
- Before fouling out in overtime, Hassan Martin had eight points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.
- Jarelle Reischel gave the Rams another big boost off the bench. In the first half, Reischel scored eight points on 3-of-5 shooting and added five rebounds.
- Earl Watson provided a burst of muscle in the second half. Watson had four points, hitting a short bunny in the paint before throwing down a monster dunk at the 14:22 mark.
- Both teams struggled to find a shooting touch, especially from 3-point land. Nebraska was 3-of-20 from beyond the arc, while Rhode Island was 3-for-19, including 0-for-11 in the first half.
- Both teams had 28 points in the paint, eight fast break points and 16 turnovers.
- Rhode Island limited Nebraska to nine second-chance points, and just three in the first half.
- Rhode Island enjoyed a major advantage on the boards, outrebounding Nebraska 49-36.
Stat of the Day
22 - E.C. Matthews scored 22 of his 26 points after halftime.
The Rams head south for to take on Kansas at the Orlando Classic Thursday, Nov. 27. The game can be seen live on ESPN2.
The Rhody Sports Network will also carry this - and every game - live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull.