Rhody Extends Win Streak to 16 Games, Tied for Longest in Country

Photo Credit: Mitchell Leff
Photo Credit: Mitchell Leff

Rhode Island Starters
Berry, Matthews, Dowtin, Robinson, Terrell

Richmond Starters
Golden, Gilyard, Fore, Sherod, Buckingham

How it Happened
Rhode Island continued its winning streak, earning its 16th win in a row in a 85-67 victory over Richmond Tuesday night.

It was back and forth play in the first 10 minutes, with the teams tied at 15 after a jumper from Richmond's Nick Sherod. A steal by Fatts Russell - the first of his career-high three on the night - set himself up for a fast break dunk to get the Rams rolling with a five point lead (20-15) at 8:57. A successful trip to the free throw line for Cyril Langevine followed by a fast break dunk by Stanford Robinson got the Rams lead to 10 at 32-22 with 3:55 to play in the half. However a 7-0 run by the Spiders got them within three points with 53 seconds left in the half. The Rams answered with a Jared Terrell jumper and free throw from Jeff Dowtin and went into the break up 35-29.

Rhode Island (21-3, 13-0 A-10) began the second half strong, getting an early jump with back-to-back layups by Andre Berry to give the Rams a 46-39 boost. Consecutive 3-pointers by Terrell and Russell pushed the Rhody lead to 11 (55-44). The Rhode Island advantage got to as many as 21 after a Langevine layup with 4:47 to play. The Spiders (9-16, 7-6 A-10) would not go down without a fight, scoring 11 points in the final minutes, however it was not enough as the Rams won their 13th conference game.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Jared Terrell had 17 points, while adding two assists and two steals.
  • Senior Jarvis Garrett added eight points and six assists in 25 minutes off the bench.
  • Redshirt senior E.C. Matthews' first basket of the game moved him into a tie for sixth place on Rhode Island's all-time scoring list. His 1,751 points is tied with Steve Chubin (1962-64).
  • Redshirt senior Stanford Robinson filled the stat sheet with five rebounds, four points, three assists, two steals, and one block. His two steals moved him to ninth place, tying him with Carlton Owens (1987-88) for 57 total steals in a single season.
  • Freshman Fatts Russell had 14 points, four rebounds, and a career-high three steals.
  • Senior Andre Berry added 10 points in 14 minutes.
  • Sophomore Jeff Dowtin provided 11 points, seven assists, and five rebounds. He also had a career-high four steals.
  • Sophomore Cyril Langevine had 15 points, going 6-of-7 from the field. He added six rebounds.
  • Junior Nicola Akele provided two points, three rebounds and one block in 14 minutes off the bench.
  • The 16-game winning streak is the longest in a single season in URI history. 
  • Rhode Island shot an impressive 62.5 percent (20-of-32) shooting in the second half, after going 40.0 percent (14-of-35) from the floor in the first. 
  • The Rhody defense forced Richmond into 19 turnovers, scoring 28 points off of those miscues.
  • It was the second game in a row the Rhode Island bench scored exactly 41 points.
  • The Rams are now tied with Cincinnati with the longest winning streak in the nation (16).

Stat of the Game
5 - Rhode Island had five players score in double figures for the fourth time this season. Each of these four times, it has been a different group of five players scoring 10+ points each.

  • Providence: Russell (20), Garrett (15), Berry (12), Terrell (11), Dowtin (10)
  • Florida Gulf Coast: Matthews (20), Terrell (18), Robinson (14), Dowtin (11), Berry (10)
  • St. Bonaventure: Matthews (20), Dowtin (18), Terrell (13), Berry (12), Garrett (10)
  • Richmond: Terrell (17), Langevine (15), Russell (14), Dowtin (11), Berry (10)

Up Next
Rhode Island returns to action Friday night at St. Bonaventure. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.