Undermanned Rams Battle UMass; Fall 61-56 in Overtime

Undermanned Rams Battle UMass; Fall 61-56 in Overtime

How It Happened
A limited Rhode Island squad battled back from a 10-point second half deficit but fell, 61-56, in overtime at UMass.

Four McGlynn connected on a 3-pointer with 11.2 seconds left that gave the Rams a 51-50 advantage.  On the next possession, Earl Watson was whistled for a foul that put UMass' Trey Davis on the line for one-and-one with 7.1 seconds. The senior missed the front end, but the ball went out of bounds and remained with UMass.  Davis again drew a whistle with 3.7 ticks left and made 1-of-2, forcing the extra period.

The Rams - playing minus starters Jarvis Garrett and Kuran Iverson - held UMass to just one field goal through the first 10:30 of the game.  Jared Terrell had the hot hand early on, scoring eight of URI's first 10 points.  Rhody would lead by as many as 10, after a Hassan Martin layup made it 14-4 with 11:28 to play in the period.

UMass would respond with a 13-2 run - taking a 17-16 lead - and closed the half on a 26-9 push, taking a 30-23 advantage into the halftime break.

In the second half, UMass led by as many as 10 points (37-27).  Terrell, McGlynn, and Martin scored 23 of Rhody's 28 points leading up to the frantic final seconds in regulation.  The Rams scored seven unanswered points, capped by the McGlynn 3-ball, to close the half.

Inside the Box Score

  • Jared Terrell led all scorers with 23 points.  The sophomore guard played 42 minutes and was 7-of-15 from the floor and 8-of-11 from the charity stripe.  He also added three boards, two assists, and a steal.
  • Terrell is the first Rhody player to score 20 or more points in three consecutive games since E.C. Matthews had 24 vs. UMass (Feb. 9, 2014), 22 at Dayton (Feb. 12, 2014), and 32 against Duquesne (Feb. 15, 2014).
  • Four McGlynn added 13 points, four assists and three boards - playing all 45 minutes on the night.  With the 13 points, he surpassed the 1,400-point mark and now sits at 1,401 career points.
  • Earl Watson pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds - the highest single-game total for a Rhode Island player this season and the most since Hassan Martin had 16 boards last season vs. Davidson (Feb. 25, 2015).
  • Hassan Martin blocked five shots on the night - to go along with eight points and seven rebounds, and two steals.  Martin now has 233 career swats and is two away from moving into second place on URI's career blocked shots list.
  • Andre Berry saw 11 minutes of action, adding four points and seven rebounds.  
  • Christian Thompson - in his first collegiate start - corralled a career-best eight boards to go with six points and two assists in 38 minutes.
  • The Rams shot a season-low 30.0% (18-60) from the floor - including 3-of-19 shooting from the perimeter.  
  • Rhody's defense held UMass to just 35.0% shooting from the floor (4-15 3FG), and outrebounded the Minutemen, 48-40.
  • Both teams committed 15 turnovers.  Rhody scored 17 points off turns, while UMass had 14.

Stat of the Game, pt. I
19 - Hassan Martin posted his 19th career game with five or more blocked shots tonight.

Stat of the Game, pt. II
+1 - For the first time in an A-10 road game this season, Rhode Island held a positive margin in the free throws attempted department.  URI attempted 26 FT to 25 for UMass.

What's Next
Rhody will conclude its regular season series with La Salle on Saturday night, when it travels to Tom Gola Arena.

The game between the Rams and Explorers will tip off at 8 p.m. and will air live on ASN.

Local clearances for ASN include MeTV within the Rhode Island footprint and CSN New England.

The Rhody Sports Network will also carry this - and every game - live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull.