How It Happened
Rhode Island kept Davidson's vaunted perimeter shooting in check all night, but the Wildcats got a 3-point shot from Jack Gibbs with 11 seconds to go as Davidson edged the Ram, 60-59, Wednesday night.
Rhode Island (19-7, 11-4 A-10) held Davidson (20-6, 11-4 A-10) to a season-low three 3-point baskets, but Gibbs buried a shot from the corner to provide the winning margin.
Rhode Island had battled back from a 12-point deficit in the second half. Spurred by a 10-0 run that was capped by back-to-back offensive put-backs by Hassan Martin, the Rams took the lead in the final minutes. A Martin free throw made the score 59-57 with 27 seconds to go before Gibbs hit his big shot.
On their final possession, The Rams had an open look from the arc, but Jared Terrell's shot went off the rim.
The victory extended Davidson's win streak to six, while Rhode Island's own streak was snapped at four games.
Wednesday's result, coupled with Richmond's double overtime win over VCU, creates a four-way tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 standings. Rhody, VCU, Dayton and Davidson all have matching 11-4 league records.
Inside the Box Score
- Hassan Martin has his eighth double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points and 16 rebounds to go with five blocked shots. The 16 rebounds were the second most by a Ram in the Ryan Center behind only Kahiem Seawright's 19 against Houston on Nov. 13, 2006.
- Despite his highly active game on both ends of the floor, Martin did not commit a foul in 35 minutes of play.
- E.C. Matthews just missed his second double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
- Matthews also was 7-for-8 at the free throw line. The rest of the team was 9-for-25.
- T.J. Buchanan had eight points, six rebounds, one block and one steal while playing 30 minutes off the bench.
- Freshman point guard Jarvis Garrett had five assists with no turnovers in 28 minutes.
- In the second half, Rhode Island limited Davidson to 23-percent (7-30) shooting from the field. This was a massive improvement from the first half, when the Wildcats shot 61.5 percent (16-for-26) from the floor.
- Rhode Island held Davidson to a season-low three 3-point baskets on 19 attempts. The Wildcats entered the game averaging 10.7 makes per game, the second highest average in the country.
- Rhode Island also struggled from the outside, shooting 1-for-19 on 3-point attempts.
- Davidson did the bulk of its damage in the paint in the first half, outscoring the Rams 26-16 close to the hoop. In the second half, the Wildcats scored just eight points in the paint.
- Rhode Island forced Davidson into 14 turnovers. The Wildcats had only committed more than 12 turnovers in a game twice this season.
- The attendance for Rhode Island's ninth annyal Pink Out game was 6,050.
Stats of the Game
9-for-25 – Not including E.C. Matthews, the Rams were 9-for-25 (36.0 percent) at the free throw line.
20.4 - Rhode Island held Davidson 20.4 points below its season scoring average. The Wildcats were the fifth-leading scoing team in the nation at 80.4 points per game entering the night.
Rhode Island is back at La Salle Saturday, Feb. 28. Game time is 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised by NBC Sports Network.
The Rhody Sports Network will carry this - and every game - live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull.