Berry Leads No. 23/24 Rhode Island Past Fordham 78-58, Rams Push Win Streak to 11

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

Rhody Starters
Matthews, Dowtin, Robinson, Terrell, Berry

Fordham Starters
Tavares, Chartouny, Raut, Hicks, Slanina

How It Happened
Senior Andre Berry matched his career high with 20 points to lead Rhode Island to its 11th straight victory, a 78-58 triumph over Fordham Wednesday night at Rose Hill Gym.

Rhody (16-3, 8-0 Atlantic 10) jumped out early, using its defense to spark a 10-2 run to start the game. The Rams forced Fordham to turn the ball over on its first three possessions – and four times in the opening 4:09.

Though Rhode Island never trailed, Fordham (6-14, 1-7 A-10) did manage to tie the game at 22-22 with 5:11 left in the half following Ivan Raut's second 3-pointer of the game. Rhody ended the half on a 14-5 run, with 12 of the points coming from Stanford Robinson and Andre Berry. Rhody took a 36-27 lead into the break.

In the second half, Rhode Island established a double-digit lead early and kept Fordham at arm's length, using a balanced offense to pull away down the stretch. Berry and Jared Terrell each scored 10 points after halftime, while Robinson added eight and Jeff Dowtin had seven. 

Inside the Box Score

  • With the victory, Rhode Island matched its longest winning streak in 70 years, dating back to a run that began in 1946-47 and ended during the 1947-48 season. The 11 straight wins ties the 2017-18 Rams for the sixth longest streak in program history.
  • Rhody also won its ninth straight conference road game, and its 16th consecutive victory over Atlantic 10 opponents overall.
  • Senior Andre Berry matched his career-high with 20 points in 21 minutes. He scored 10 points in each half and was 9-for-12 overall, including a perfect 5-for-5 in the second half.
  • Senior Stanford Robinson finished with 16 points, seven steals, six rebounds and two blocks. It was the third time this season he has had five or more steals.
  • Robinson once again tied URI's single-game record with the seven steals. He is the only player in program history to record multiple 7-steal games as he also had seven in the season opener against UNC Asheville.
  • Senior Jared Terrell scored 17 points and had five assists with a pair of steals.
  • Sophomore Jeff Dowtin and senior E.C. Matthews each had nine points. Dowtin added five assists and now has 102 for the season.
  • Sophomore Cyril Langevine gave Rhody energy in the second half. He finished the game with seven rebounds, three points and a pair of steals in 11 minutes off the bench.
  • Rhode Island forced 23 turnovers, including 14 in the first half. It marked the fifth time this season – and second straight game – that the Rams force at least 20 turnovers. Over the last three games, opponents have committed 63 miscues.
  • Fordham shot just 23.5 percent (4-for-17) from 3-point range.

Stat of the Game
25
– Senior Jared Terrell extended his streak to 25 consecutive makes from the free-throw line, going 9-for-9 in the win over Fordham.

What's Next

Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center Saturday for a game against Duquesne. The Rams and Dukes will tip off at Noon, with the game being televised nationally on NBCSN.