Rams Welcome La Salle to Ryan Center Wednesday Night

Rams Welcome La Salle to Ryan Center Wednesday Night

THE BASICS
La Salle at Rhode Island 
Tip-Off: Wednesday, Jan. 3, 7:02 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. LA SALLE - SERIES NOTES

  • Wednesday will be the 36th meeting all time between Rhode Island and La Salle.
  • Rhody has won five of the last six meetings in the series, including a 67-56 victory last Feb. 21.
  • The Explorers beat the Rams 87-75 in their last visit to the Ryan Center on Jan. 12 of last year.
  • Despite the loss last time it hosted La Salle, Rhode Island is 10-4 all time at home in the series.
  • Current senior Jared Terrell scored 24 points to lead Rhode Island to a win the last time Rhode Island played against La Salle.
  • Fellow senior Jarvis Garrett had a career-best 26 points against La Salle two seasons ago on Feb. 16, 2016. It was the first game back from a broken jaw Garrett suffered during the 2015-16 season.  
  • La Salle's B.J. Johnson is leading the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 21.8 points per game. He suffered an ankle injury against Mercer on Dec. 7 and has missed the last two games.
  • Despite not having Johnson, La Salle beat Saint Louis by 23 points on Saturday in its A-10 opener. Rhode Island plays at Saint Louis next Tuesday night.
  • Wednesday marks the end of a five-game homestand for Rhode Island, which has won four straight games overall and is 8-0 at the Ryan Center this season.
  • Rhode Island and La Salle are two teams that take care of the basketball. The Rams average just 10.8 turnovers per game, while La Salle is right behind them at 10.9 per game.

MATTHEWS IMPACTING ENTIRE TEAM IN RETURN TO STARTING LINEUP

  • Since his return to the starting lineup two games ago, senior E.C. Matthews is back to his old self, shooting .579 from the floor (11-of-19), .556 from 3-point range (5-of-9) and .733 at the free throw line (11-of-15).
  • He scored 20 in the win over Florida Gulf Coast, and 18 in the win over George Mason, while also averaging 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 assists in 28.5 minutes per game.
  • More than his individual numbers, Matthews' return to the starting five can be seen in several areas for the team as a whole.
  • In four games with Matthews as a starter, Rhode Island is averaging 82.0 points per game, good for a +14.0 scoring margin per game.  In eight games with him out or coming off the bench, the Rams averaged 73.9 points per game and were +5.9 in scoring margin.
  • With Matthews in the starting lineup, Rhode Island is shooting .480 from the field, and is averaging 35.2 rebounds (+2.4 margin), 35.2 rebounds per game (+2.4), 19.0 assists per game and has a +6.3 turnover margin.
  • With Matthews out of the lineup or coming off the bench the respective numbers were a .454 field goal percentage, 33.0 rebounds per game (-1.9 margin), a +5.6 turnover margin and 12.9 assists per game.

DOWTIN ONE OF NATION'S TOP HANDLERS

  • Sophomore guard Jeff Dowtin ranks fourth nationally and leads the A-10 with a 4.67 assist-to-turnover ratio.
  • He has 56 assists and just 12 turnovers in 32.2 minutes per game this season.
  • Against Holy Cross, Dowtin had a career-high nine assists while committing no turnovers in 34 minutes.
  • Three times this season Dowtin has played at least 30 minutes without turning the ball over.
  • In 12 games, he has one or zero turnovers nine times.
  • Last year he led the Atlantic 10 in assist/turnover ratio in conference play, recording 55 assists to just 19 turnovers - a 3.24:1 ratio - over 18 games.
  • This season, Dowtin is second on the team with an average of 32.2 minutes per game.
  • Since Dowtin was inserted into the starting lineup midway through last season, the Rams are 24-7.

ROBINSON A TWO-WAY WEAPON

  • Redshirt senior Stanford Robinson has scored in double figures in five straight games, and eight times overall this season.
  • He is third on the team in scoring average, providing 10.5 points per game.
  • Robinson also ranks 10th in the nation with an average of 2.67 steals per game.
  • His 32 total steals on the year rank 25th nationally.
  • Robinson is getting it done on both ends of the floor, as he leads Rhode Island in rebounds (72) and rebounds per game (6.0).