Rams Suffer Loss on Senior Night at the Hands of Saint Joseph's

Rams Suffer Loss on Senior Night at the Hands of Saint Joseph's

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

Saint Joseph's Starters
Newkirk, Robinson, Longpre, Clover, Funk

How it Happened
Rhode Island had its worst offensive showing of the season in a 78-48 loss to Saint Joseph's Tuesday night at The Ryan Center.

The Rams (23-5, 15-2 Atlantic 10) never got on track as they lost at home for the first time this season. Saint Joseph's (14-15, 9-8 A-10), on the other hand, was hot from the start. The Hawks shot 51.9 percent (27-of-52) from the field, including 61.5 percent (8-for-13) from 3-point range. 

Rhode Island took a 7-5 lead following a 3-pointer by Stanford Robinson three minutes into the game. However, the Hawks responded with a 15-0 run to take the lead for good. St. Joe's led by 10 points or more the rest of the way.

Saint Joseph's took a 19-point (35-16) lead into the break and pushed it's advantage to as many as 33 as the Rams were never able to close the gap.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Jared Terrell led Rhode Island with 19 points and seven rebounds. He also had three assists.
  • Redshirt senior E.C. Matthews added 13 points, two rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
  • The Rams shot a season-low 19.4 percent (6-of-31) from the field in the first half, including 1-for-15 from beyond the arc.
  • For the game, Rhode Island shot 28.1 percent (18-for-64) from the floor and was just 10.3 percent (3-for-29) from long range.
  • Saint Joseph's had four players score in double figures, led by James Demery's 21 points.
  • The Hawks got 29 points from their bench, while Rhody's non-starters combined for junt nine.
  • Prior to the start of the game, seniors E.C. Matthews, Jarvis Garrett, Stanford Robinson, Jared Terrell and Andre Berry were honored. Also honored was student manager Owen Sammarone.
  • Veteran hype man John Vanner, Jr. was recognized with a tribute during the final media timeout of the first half. Vanner was working his final game after 10 seasons as part of the Rams' gameday event staff. 

Up Next
The Rams return to action on Friday night when they travel to Davidson for an 8 p.m. tilt with the Wildcats.