How It Happened
Five players scored in double-figures as Rhode Island cruised to a 90-56 victory at Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.
The Rams (9-4, 1-0 A-10) led for more than 38 minutes, winning their fourth straight vs. the Billikens dating back to the 2014-15 season.
After SLU hit a 3-pointer to open the game, Rhode Island began a 16-5 run over the next 8:10, taking a 16-8 lead with 11:34 left. Cyril Langevine's layup with 6:36 left in the first half put URI ahead by double digits and kickstarted a 10-2 run. Rhody - which led by as many as 20 points - took a 45-28 lead into the halftime break.
Rhody shot a single-half best 63.3% from the floor in the second half, connecting on 19-of-30 field goal attempts. URI scored 22 of its 45 points in the paint, while also connecting on 3-of-8 from the perimeter over the final 20 minutes of play.
Inside the Box Score
- Kuran Iverson led all scorers with a season-high 19 points. The senior connected on 7-of-9 from the floor and scored 10 of his 19 in the second half.
- He also added eight rebounds, four assists (zero turnovers), and three blocked shots in 32 minutes.
- E.C. Matthews tallied 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists. He scored nine of his 17 in the second half.
- Jarvis Garrett chipped in with 15 points, four assists and a steal in 23 minutes.
- Cyril Langevine again dominated the backboard, corralling 13 rebounds in 18 minutes. The freshman forward added four points and three blocked shots.
- Jared Terrell and Jeff Dowtin each scored 12 points. Terrell added five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Dowtin was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor, connecting on two 3-pointers. He also added three boards and an assist.
- Stanford Robinson - seven points, five assists, two steals, 23 minutes - filled the stat sheet once again off the bench for the Rams.
- Mike Layssard connected on his first collegiate field goal late in the second half. He also grabbed two boards and tallied a blocked shot in six minutes of play.
- Rhode Island dished out 21 assists on its 35 field goals, while committing eight turnovers.
- The 34-point margin of victory is the largest for Rhode Island since Dec. 13, 2014, when it bested Delaware State by 39 points (83-44).
Stat of the Game, pt. I
10 - Rhode Island blocked 10 Saint Louis shots on the night, marking the first time since Nov. 16 that the Rams reached double-digits in the blocked shot column.
Stat of the Game, pt. II
72.7% (16-22) - Rhode Island connected on better than 72% of its shots from inside the arc during the second half.
Rhody returns home on Tuesday, Jan. 3 to host Saint Joseph's in a game nationally televised on CBS Sports Network. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET