How It Happened
Rhode Island fell behind early to #2/2 Maryland and never bounced back, dropping an 86-63 decision in the title game of the Cancun Challenge.
Maryland jumped out to a 10-point edge just under five minutes into the contest, connecting from long-range as well as in the paint. The Terps would shoot 62.1% from the floor in the first half - including 5-of-9 from the perimeter. Maryland would lead, 44-28 at the half.
Kuran Iverson started hot again for the Rams, scoring the team's first seven points. He had 12 of his career-high 19 at the break.
The Maryland lead reached as many as 29 points in the second half, as the Terps continued to shoot well from the field. They finished the game shooting 60.0% (30-50) from the field and 58.8% (10-17) from beyond the arc.
Inside the Box Score
- Kuran Iverson tallied a career-high 19 points. The 6-9 forward made 7-of-18 shots from the floor, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. He added four rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in 38 minutes.
- Earl Watson came off the bench to tally a career-best 17 points. Watson made 6-of-8 shot attempts and was 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. He fouled out in 17 minutes of action.
- Both Watson and Iverson were named to the All-Tournament team, along with TCU's Brandon Parish, Illinois State's Paris Lee, Maryland's Rasheed Suliamon, and tournament MVP Melo Trimble, also from the Terps.
- Jarvis Garrett added 13 points - all in the second half. The sophomore guard also had six rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes.
- Jared Terrell struggled from the floor (0-6 FG) but had four assists and four rebounds.
Stat of the Game
28 - Rhody scored 28 of its 63 points in the paint
Rhode Island will finish play in the Cancun Challenge, hosting Rider on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. The game will be streamed live on CoxHub.com.
The Rhody Sports Network will air the game live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull. The pre-game show begins 30 minutes before tipoff.