Rams Open Conference Play Against George Mason Saturday Afternoon

Rams Open Conference Play Against George Mason Saturday Afternoon

THE BASICS
George Mason at Rhode Island 
Tip-Off: Saturday, Dec. 30, 4:02 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. GEORGE MASON - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday will be the eighth meeting all time between Rhode Island and George Mason.
  • Rhody has won four straight against the Patriots and holds a slight 4-3 edge in the series.
  • Last season, Stanford Robinson scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half to help the Rams hold on for a 77-74 victory. Rhode Island led by as many as 18 points after halftime, but George Mason used a 21-3 run to tie the game. E.C. Matthews had 18 points for Rhode Island in the win.
  • Saturday is the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.
  • George Mason comes to Kingston on the heels of an 86-79 victory over Morgan State on Friday, Dec. 22. The Patriots have not played in eight days.
  • The Patriots are 1-4 in games played away from Eaglebank Arena.
  • The game features two of the better ball distributors in the Atlantic 10. George Mason's Otis Livingston II is fourth in the league with 4.3 assists per game, while Rhode Island's Jeff Dowtin is fifth with 4.2 per game.

MATTHEWS, TERRELL MOVING UP ALL-TIME SCORING LIST

  • With 20 points against Florida Gulf Coast, Senior E.C. Matthews moved past John Fulz (1,566 points from 1967-70), Tom Garrick (1,573 from 1984-88) and Antonio Reynolds-Dean (1,576 from 1985-90) on Rhode Island's all-time scoring list.
  • Matthews ranks 11th in program history with 1,577 points. He needs 101 points to tie Will Daniels (2004-08) for 10th.
  • Senior Jared Terrell is now 22nd on the scoring list with 1,378 points.
  • One spot ahead of Terrell is Bill Von Weyhe (1954-57) with 1,399 points.
  • Terrell leads the Rams with 17.8 points per game, while Matthews is second at 11.6 per game.
  • Terrell has scored 20 or more points five times, and Matthews has done so once. Matthews missed six games with a broken wrist.
  • Entering the year, Terrell had scored 20 or more points 13 times in 99 career games.
  • He had a career-high 32 points in Rhody's 75-74 win over then No. 20 Seton Hall on Nov. 23.
  • Matthews has 28 career 20-point performances.

HOME SWEET HOME

  • Rhody has yet to lose in the Ryan Center this season.
  • Over its last 23 home games, URI is 20-3, including nine straight wins dating back to last year.  
  • Since the 2014-15 season, the Rams are 47-9 when playing in Kingston. They are 26-2 in non-conference home games over the same stretch.

RAMS FIFTH IN THE NATION IN TURNOVERS

  • After a season-low five turnovers last time out against Florida Gulf Coast, Rhode Island has the fifth fewest turnovers in the country with 121 in 11 games.
  • The Rams are sixth in the country and lead the Atlantic 10 with a +5.9 turnover margin.
  • Rhody forces 16.91 turnovers per game, 30th nationally.
  • On offense, the Rams are turning the ball over just 11.0 times per game, which is 19th nationally.
  • Opponents have had 20 or more turnovers in four games.