Rhody Block Party Paces Defense Past St. Bonaventure, 71-59

Rhody Block Party Paces Defense Past St. Bonaventure, 71-59

How It Happened
Rhode Island used its traditionally tough defense to hold the Atlantic 10's top scoring defense well below its average.

The Rams held the Bonnies to 29.5% (18-61) shooting from the floor, while tying a school-record with 15 blocked shots in the 71-59 win at the Thomas M. Ryan Center.

Tied at 12-12 with 13:06 to go in the first half, Rhode Island scored eight unanswered, capped by a Christion Thompson three-point play, to make it 20-12 with 9:48 to play in the period.  URI used another run late in the half - a 6-0 push - to take a 30-19 lead with 2:14 to play.  The Rams would lead by as many as 12 and held a 32-22 advantage at the break.

A Hassan Martin 3-pointer to the second half put the Rams up by 15 - their largest lead of the game (37-22) - as the home squad maintained a double-digit lead through most of the second half.

The Bonnies made a run, scoring 11 straight to make it a one-possession ballgame - 55-52 - with 3:54 but Rhode Island sealed the victory down the stretch, outscoring Bona 16-6 to close the game.
                                
Inside the Box Score

  • Hassan Martin led the Rams with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting - including his first 3-pointer of the season.  He added eight boards and four blocked shots in 26 minutes.  
  • Kuran Iverson came close to his fourth double-double of the season, with 12 points and nine boards.  The 6-9 senior added a career-best six blocked shots and three assists in 32 minutes.
  • E.C. Matthews added 13 points, four rebounds, and three assists in 27 minutes.
  • Jared Terrell chipped in with 12 points, including 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.  His traditional three-point play with 1:17 left put the Rams up nine.  He currently sits at 999 career points.
  • The Rhody bench scored 12 points but but combined for nine assists, four blocks, and six steals.  Stanford Robinson led the way with six assists and four steals, while Cyril Langevine added three blocks.  Christion Thompson and Nicola Akele each tallied four rebounds.
  • For the game, Rhode Island tied its single-game school record with 15 blocks.  The previous 15-block game for URI came on Jan. 22, 2015 vs. La Salle.
  • Rhody connected on 45.5% (25-55) from the floor - including 58.3% (14-24) in the second half.  The Rams dished out 18 assists on their 25 field goals.

Stat of the Game, pt. I
297 - Hassan Martin needs three more blocked shots to reach the 300-block mark for his career and 31 to become Rhody's all-time leader in blocks.

Stat of the Game, pt. II
-21.8 - The Rams held SBU to close to 22 points below its season average.  The Bonnies came into the game averaging 80.5 points per game.

What's Next
Rhode Island hosts George Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 31.  The game will air live nationally on the CBS Sports Network, beginning at 7 p.m.  The game can be heard live locally on the Rhody Sports Network on B101 (101.5 FM) and through the iHeartMedia app.