How It Happened
Rhode Island had its biggest offensive output of the season, doing its damage from long range as it beat Rider 82-57 in the final game of the Cancun Challenge Sunday.
Rhode Island (4-2) made 13 3-point baskets for the game, the most since it made 14 against Lafayette on Dec. 20, 2010. The Rams used a hot shooting touch from beyond the arc to build a 13-point halftime lead. Led by Four McGlynn's 5-for-6, the Rams were 8-for-14 (57.1 percent) from 3-point range in the opening half.
Trailing 14-13, Rhode Island went on a 14-2 run to go up 27-16. The run featured three treys from McGlynn and another by Nicola Akele. The run helped Rhody take a 41-28 advantage into the break.
The Rams extended the lead to as many as 28 in the second half, never allowing Rider (1-5) back into the game. The victory gave the Rams a 3-1 mark in the Cancun Challenge and also clinched a winning record in November for the third straight season.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Four McGlynn matched his career-high with 27 points, the most by a Rhode Island player this season. He scored 27 three times during his time at Towson.
- McGlynn made six 3-pointers for the game, including five in the first half. It was the first time a Rhode Island player had five 3-point baskets in a half since Akeem Richmond did so in the second half against Charlotte on Feb. 12, 2011.
- It was the fourth time this season McGlynn has made three or more 3-point shots in a game.
- Christion Thompson scored a career-high 11 points, hitting three 3-point shots. In five minutes in the first half, Thompson made his only field goal attempt – a 3-point basket – was 2-for-2-at the free throw line and caused a turnover when he drew a charge on the defensive end.
- Jared Terrell was the third Ram in double figures, scoring 10 points. He also grabbed five rebounds and had three assists.
- Kuran Iverson filled the stat sheet with eight points, six rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots.
- Despite being limited by first-half foul trouble, Hassan Martin had five blocked shots, the last of which was the 200th of his career. He is just the third player in Rhode Island history to reach 200, joining Kenny Green (328, 1985-90) and Antonio Reynolds-Dean (235, 1995-99).
- The Rams committed a season-low four turnovers.
- Shane Plunkett scored his first career points on the team's 13th 3-pointer of the night.
- Rhode Island enjoyed a strong night at the free throw line, going 23-for-32 (71.9 percent).
Stat of the Game
13 – Rhode Island made a season-high 13 3-point baskets, including eight in the first half alone. The 13 treys was one off the Ryan Center record of 14 against Lafayette on Dec. 22, 2010.
Rhode Island will host Holy Cross on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The game will be seen on Cox.
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.