How It Happened
Houston outscored the Rams by 10 in the second half and 15-9 over the final 4:33 of the game to seal the 82-77 win.
In a game that featured six ties and 13 lead changes, Rhode Island jumped out to an 11-2 lead less than 4:00 into the game. The Rams led the entire first half, shooting 46.2% from the floor during the first 20:00 of action. An offensive board and put back by Cyril Langevine with 11 seconds put the Rams up, 42-35, but a tip-in at the buzzer by the Cougars made it 42-37 at the break.
After a Kuran Iverson jumper to start the second half made it 44-37, Houston began an 11-2 run. A Rob Gray 3-pointer with 15:38 to play gave the Cougars their first lead of the game. There were five lead changes and two ties over the next three-plus minutes as both teams traded baskets.
E.C. Matthews tied the game at 62-62 with a layup with 7:19 to play but Houston rattled off five unanswered, taking a 67-62 lead with 6:25 to go. Rhody rallied back and after Stanford Robinson converted a traditional three-point play with 4:33 left in regulation, URI led 68-67.
UH went on a 6-0 push over the next 2:33, putting the game out of reach. The Cougars led by as many as eight - 80-72 - down the stretch.
Inside the Box Score
- E.C. Matthews led all scorers with a season-high 31 points. The 6-5 guard was 12-of-23 from the floor and 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. He added five rebounds in 32 minutes of play.
- Cyril Langevine continued to shine as he made his second collegiate start. The 6-8 forward registered his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.
- Langevine was 8-of-11 from the foul line while tallying two assists, two blocked shots and two steals in 27 minutes.
- After missing much of the first half due to foul trouble, Kuran Iverson added 10 points, seven boards, two assists and three blocked shots.
- Jarvis Garrett added eight points and four assists while Jared Terrell had nine points, three boards, and two assists.
- Rhody's bench tallied nine points - six for Stanford Robinson and three for Jeff Dowtin.
- As a team, the Rams connected on 44.1% from the floor and 36.0% from the perimeter (9-25). Rhody converted 16-of-23 from the foul line.
- URI outrebounded Houston, 37-34, including holding a 15-10 edge on the offensive glass.
- Houston went 26-for-31 from the foul line, attempting eight more free throws over the 40 minutes of action. A combined 43 fouls were whistled (URI 25; UH 18).
Stat of the Game, pt. I
16 - Rhode Island scored 16 second-chance points on 15 offensive boards. Cyril Langevine corralled a team-high four offensive rebounds while Kuran Iverson had three.
Stat of the Game, pt. II
2 - Today's game was the second time E.C. Matthews scored 30 or more points. His previous 30-point game was a 32-point affair vs. Duquesne Feb. 15, 2014.
Rhody returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 18 when it hosts Holy Cross at 12:30 p.m. at the Thomas M. Ryan Center.
The Rhody Sports Network will also carry this - and every game - live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull.