How It Happened
Both teams got off to a slow start offensively in the contest. Kuran Iverson scored two quick baskets for the Rams in the first 90 seconds of ballgame before the Rams went without a field goal the next 7:34. Tied at 11-11 with 10 minutes to play in the half, Saint Joseph's scored nine unanswered points to take a 20-11 advantage with 6:48 left in the period. The Hawks would take a 30-19 lead at the half.
Early in the second half, Kuran Iverson was knocked out of the game after an elbow to the head. He would miss the remainder of the game and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
After a Jarvis Garrett 3-pointer cut it to six (30-24, 18:21 left), Saint Joseph's began an 18-4 run to made it 48-28 with 12:52 to go. Rhody mounted an 18-6 run to get as close as nine. With under four minutes in the ballgame, Jarvis Garrett collided with a driving Shavar Newkirk and was also knocked out of the game. He was also transported to a local hospital.
Inside the Box Score
- Saint Joseph's scored 23 of its 64 points from the free-throw line. The Hawks were 23-of-28 from the charity stripe while Rhody was 11-of-15.
- The Rams were forced to play the majority of the second half without Hassan Martin, who fouled out with 11:24 remaining. He finished the night with two points, going 0-1 from the field and 2-2 from the line in 15 minutes on the floor. He also recorded three rebounds, one block and one steal.
- Jared Terrell led all players with a game-high 22 points, marking the second game in a row that he is the game's top scorer.
- Jarvis Garrett also scored in double figures, registering 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Through Rhody's eight A-10 games this season, the Milwaukee native is connecting at a .500 clip (48-84).
- Garrett also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds - all on the defensive glass - while Earl Watson added eight.
- The Rams finished with seven steals on the night while the Hawks managed just one. St. Joe's had entered the game averaging 5.1 steals per game.
- Rhody's defense also limited Saint Joseph's to a 1-for-15 (6.7%) showing from 3-point land. Coming into the night, SJU had averaged 7.3 threes per game (.357) against Atlantic 10 opponents.
- Rhode Island managed just 19 points in the first half. It was the first time this season that the Rams went into the break with fewer than 20 points.
- The loss to the Hawks ends the Rams streak of six consecutive wins at the Ryan Center. URI had not lost at home since falling to Providence (74-72) on a buzzer-beater back on Dec. 5.
Rhode Island hits the road for a pair of away games - at Massachusetts on Tuesday and at La Salle on Saturday.