How It Happened
With the return of Hassan Martin, Rhode Island made it's way to a 88-58 victory over Saint Joseph's Tuesday night.
The Rams (10-4, 2-0 A-10) trailed after the Hawks went up 18-17 12:00 into the game. Rhody closed the half on a 29-8 tear – connecting 8-of-10 from the long range – to lead 46-26.
Rhode Island outscored Saint Joseph's (7-6, 1-1 A-10) 42-32 in the second half, taking the eventual 30-point lead, advancing the Rams to 2-0 in conference play. The Rams used the long ball to build their leads to as many as 32 points before coasting down the stretch. Rhody made a program-record 16 3-pointers. E.C. Matthews and Jared Terrell each hit five treys to lead the shooting barrage.
The victory was the fourth in a row and fifth in six games for Rhode Island.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Hassan Martin returned after missing five games due to injury, scoring 10 points, grabbing five rebounds, and blocking four shots in 20 minutes of play.
- Junior E.C. Matthews added 20 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals. He connected on 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.
- Freshman Cyril Langevine dominated the boards once again, collecting 10 rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench. The freshman also tallied two points and two steals.
- Junior Jared Terrell scored a game-high 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor. He also recorded five assists in 29 minutes of play.
- The Rhody reserves added 19 points, with freshman Jeff Dowtin (3), junior Stanford Robinson (5), junior Andre Berry (4), and sophomore Nicola Akele (5) each contributing from the bench.
- Rhode Island recorded 22 assists on 31 field goals. The Rams had a 3.14 assist-to-turnover ratio, as they committed just seven turnovers.
- The Rams forced 17 turnovers by the Hawks.
Stat of the Game
16 – Seven Rams combined for 16 3-pointers, setting a new program record. The previous mark was 15 against Stonehill Dec. 20, 1986.
Rhode Island travels to Dayton on Friday, Jan. 6 to face the Flyers in a game nationally televised on ESPN2. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET