How It Happened:
Rhode Island's defense set the tone early and sealed the deal down the stretch as the Rams took home a 59-55 win over George Washington.
Trailing by five points (48-43) with 5:27 to play, URI (15-5, 7-2 A-10) outscored the Colonials (16-6, 6-3 A-10) by a margin of 16-7 the rest of the way. Jared Terrell scored seven of those 16 points, including a traditional 3-point play with 3:44 left that gave the Rams the lead for good.
Rhody's stifling D held GW without a made field goal for those final 5:27 - the lone blemish was a 3-pointer credited to GW's Yuta Watanabe on an offensive goaltend with six seconds to play.
In the first half, Rhode Island jumped out to a six-point lead just five minutes into the game (10-4). The Colonials responded with an 8-2 push over the next seven minutes, tying the game at 12-12 with 7:44 to play in the period.
But the Rams offense and defense shined, outscoring GW 16-7 to take a nine-point advantage at the break (28-19). Defensively, URI forced GW into 14 first half turnovers, translating into 12 points.
Inside the Box Score and Beyond:
* For the third consecutive game, Jared Terrell led the Rams in scoring with 17 points. The freshman guard was 5-of-9 from the floor and a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. Even more impressive than his scoring was the Weymouth, Mass. native's defense - notching a season-high six steals.
* Hassan Martin recorded his fifth double-double, with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The sophomore forward also had three blocked shots, pushing his career total to 144 and tying him for fourth place on the school's career blocks list.
* E.C. Matthews added 10 points while dishing out a team-high four assists. The sophomore played 37 minutes on the afternoon.
* Rhode Island connected on a season-best 90.9% from the foul line, making 20-of-22 from the charity stripe. It is the best single-game FT shooting proficiency mark of the season and the third-best single-game FT% mark in school history.
* T.J. Buchanan added six points (6-6 FT) and four assists off the bench. Fellow reserve Earl Watson added five rebounds and a career-best four blocked shots.
* Rhody's 12 steals marked the second-best swipe total of the season.
* Today's game marked the 13th time in 20 games that a Rhode Island opponent did not score more than 60 points in regulation. URI entered today ranked 14th nationally and 1st in the A-10 in scoring defense (57.2 ppg)
* With the win, the Rams move to 7-2 in conference play for just the sixth time in program history. Since joining the Eastern 8 in 1980-81, URI won seven of its first nine league games in 1980-81, 1987-88, 1997-98, 2006-07, and 2009-10.
Stat of the Game:
Rhody shot 37.3% from the floor yet improved to 4-1 on the season when shooting less than 40.0% from the field.
After a week off, the Rams return to action on Sunday, Feb. 8 when they travel to Richmond for a 2:30 p.m. game that will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network.
Total Team Effort Leads Rhode Island to 59-55 Win over GW
How It Happened: