How It Happened
Rhode Island jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back, as it closed out the 2015-16 home slate with a 68-50 win over Massachusetts.
Both teams started slow, combining to go 0-for-9 from the floor before Earl Watson's dunk at the 15:56 provided the game's first field goal. From there, Rhody scored nine more unanswered points and built as much as a 26-point lead, after a Nicola Akele 3-pointer made it 34-8 with 2:48 to play in the period.
URI led 34-12 at the half - the lowest single-half scoring total by a Rhody opponent since holding Brown to 14 first half points on Jan. 4, 2013. The 12-point total is believed to be the lowest opponent single-half scoring total in the shot clock era.
UMass began the second half on a 20-8 scoring push, cutting the Rhody lead to 10 - at 42-32 - with 12:06 remaining. But Rhody built its lead back up to 21 points thanks to a Kuran Iverson free throw, making it 66-45 with 5:22 remaining.
Inside the Box Score
- The win gave Rhode Island its 13th home victory of the season. The Rams had reached the 13-win mark at home on three previous occasions - 2014-15 (14), 2009-10 (15), and 1977-78 (13).
- Kuran Iverson posted his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The junior also added two assists, three blocks, and a steal in 35 minutes.
- Jared Terrell led all scorers with 15 points - all in the second half. The 6-3 sophomore connected on all seven attempts from the charity stripe and made 2-of-4 from the outside.
- Andre Berry (4-6 FG) posted his second straight game with double-digits in the scoring column. The sophomore forward corralled six boards in 13 minutes off the bench.
- Earl Watson added 10 points (4-6 FG), eight rebounds and two blocked shots in his final regular season game at the Ryan Center. The senior forward was one of four student-athletes honored in a pre-game ceremony - Four McGlynn, Shane Plunkett, and Rory Temkin all saw action on Senior Night.
- McGlynn knocked down two 3-pointers, scoring seven points to go with four boards and three assists. He now has 70 3-pointers made on the season, moving him onto URI's single-season top 10 list. He passed Cuttino Mobley (69 3FGM, 1997-98) for the #10 spot.
- Jarvis Garrett dished out a season-best nine assists to go along with five points, six boards, and two steals.
- Nicola Akele scored eight points (3-5 FG; 2-4 3FG) and added two boards and two blocks in 17 minutes of reserve play.
- The Rams shot 39.7% from the floor (23-58), but connected on 9-of-20 shots from the outside (45.0%) and 13-of-16 from the charity stripe (81.3%).
- Rhody outrebounded UMass, 42-36, and forced the Minutemen into 13 turnovers.
Stat of the Game, pt. I
25 - Over its past two games, Rhode Island has combined to dish out 25 assists. URI had a season-best 18 dimes at Dayton, while tallying 17 tonight vs. UMass.
Stat of the Game, pt. II
136 - With 136 assists and counting on the season, Jarvis Garrett moved into the #10 spot on URI's single-season assists list. He passed Marquis Jones (135 - 2008-09) to move into the record book.
Next up for Rhode Island is the final regular season contest of the 2015-16 season, as the Rams head to Fordham.
The game is the second matchup between the Kingston Rams and the Bronx-based Rams.
Rhody and Fordham tip off at 2 p.m. in a game televised live on Cox Sports/OSN.
The Rhody Sports Network will also carry this - and every game - live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull.