Matthews, Dowtin, Robinson, Terrell, Berry
Jenkins, Tillman, Mobley, Williams, Vann
How It Happened
Rhode Island won its 14th straight game, withstanding a strong challenge from VCU Friday night in an 81-68 at the Siegel Center.
It was high intensity from the opening tip, with the teams going back and forth offensively. Rhode Island (19-3, 11-0 Atlantic 10) led for 16:40 of the opening half, but the game was tight, thanks to both sides shooting better than 41 percent from the floor.
With the score tied 27-27, Rhode Island went on a 9-0 run behind four points from Stanford Robinson, a Nicola Akele basket and a Jared Terrell 3-pointer. VCU (14-9, 6-4 A-10) then responded with back-to-back threes by Sean Mobley to make it a 36-33 game. The teams traded points in the closing minutes of the half, as Rhode Island went into the break ahead 41-38.
In the second half, Rhode Island gradually extended its advantage, opening an 11-point lead (69-58) following a Fatts Russell 3-pointer with 6:20 remaining. VCU managed to trim it to seven on multiple occasions, but Rhody pulled away down the stretch.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore Cyril Langevine dominated the boards, finishing with a career-high 18 rebounds - 11 of which came in the first half. He notched his second double-double of the season, adding 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.
- Senior E.C. Matthews scored a team-high 18 points, while classmate Jared Terrell added 16.
- Senior Stanford Robinson filled the box score again, finishing with nine points, six steals, five rebounds and five assists. It was his fourth game this season with at least five steals.
- Freshman Fatts Russell had 11 points in 17 minutes off the bench.
- Senior Jared Terrell moved from 15th to 12th in career points (1,577), passing John Fultz (1,566 from 1967-70), Tom Garrick (1,573 from 1984-88) and Antonio Reynolds-Dean (1,576 from 1995-99).
- Despite being limited to 13 minutes due to foul trouble, senior Andre Berry registered eight points and six rebounds on the night.
- The victory was Rhode Island's first at VCU in six visits.
Stat of the Game
47 – Led by Cyril Langevine, Rhode Island grabbed a season-high 47 rebounds on the night, outrebounding VCU by 16.
After playing four of their last five games on the road, the Rams return to the Ryan Center to host Davidson on Friday, Feb. 9. The game will air on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.