How It Happened
#21/22 Rhode Island needed all 40 minutes to win its third game of the season, holding off Brown, 79-72, on Wednesday night.
The Rams led by as many as 15 points in the first half, after a layup by Jared Terrell with 4:29 left in the period made it 36-21. The Bears would close the half on a 12-5 push, scoring six points in the final minute of play to cut the Rhody lead to 41-33 at the break.
Hassan Martin began the second half strong, scoring URI's first six points - including a layup with 17:36 to play, which made it a 12-point advantage at 47-35. A 9-3 Brown run over the next 2:11 cut it to six (53-47) and the fight to the finish was on.
A layup by Brown's Travis Fuller with 10:39 to go made it the slimmest of margins - 58-55 - before Martin added two more buckets to extend the Rhody lead back to eight (63-55). Two free throws from Tavon Blackmon made it 63-59 but that was as close as the Bears would get. Rhode Island would made four of its final six field goals and three of four from the line to seal the win.
Inside the Box Score
- Jared Terrell led Rhode Island with 18 points - 10 coming in the second half of play. The junior guard was 7-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. He added three assists and a steal in 36 minutes of play.
- Three other Rams finished in double figures. E.C. Matthews scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half. The Detroit native was 6-for-10 from the floor and dished out two assists in 31 minutes.
- Hassan Martin put forth another full stat sheet, tallying 12 points, eight boards, and six blocks. Martin scored all 12 of his points in the second half after attempting just one field goal in the first half.
- It marked the second time this season that the reigning A-10 Defensive Player of the Year registered at least six blocks in a game. He now was 263 for his career.
- Kuran Iverson added 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists in 20 foul-plagued minutes.
- The Rams scored 40 of its 79 points in the paint.
- Cyril Langevine gave the Rams a boost off the bench in the first half, with four points, four rebounds, and a blocked shot in eight minutes.
- Jeff Dowtin played six minutes after missing Monday's game vs. Marist.
- Stanford Robinson and Nicola Akele each added four points off the bench.
- The Rams shot 57.7% from the floor (15-26) in each half and dished out 16 assists.
- It marks the second time in the last three seasons that URI has started 3-0. The Rams were also 3-0 to start the 2014-15 campaign.
Stat of the Game, pt. I
7 – Rhode Island corralled seven offensive rebounds on the night.
Stat of the Game, pt. II
11 – No URI player attempted more than 11 shots in the game.
Rhody continues play in the 2016 Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 19 when it takes on #24/25 Cincinnati at 3 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The game will air live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app, with Bob Picozzi and Malcolm Huckaby providing the broadcast call.
The Rhody Sports Network will also carry this - and every game - live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull.