Historic Season Ends in Pittsburgh as Rams Fall to Duke 87-62

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

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

Duke Starters
Duval, Trent Jr., Allen, Carter Jr., Bagley III

How it Happened
Rhode Island (26-8) came out hot, outscoring Duke 9-5 over the game's first four minutes. The Blue Devils responded with a 26-9 run however, to take a commanding 35-18 lead with 5:28 remaining in the half. Rhody trimmed the deficit to 12 over the next minute and a half as a Jeff Dowtin dunk capped a 7-2 push that made it a 37-25 game. The Rams managed just three more points before halftime though, heading into the break trailing Duke 45-28.

Duke (28-7) continued to dominate in the second half. A dunk by Marvin Bagley III put Duke up 51-31 two minutes in and the Rams were unable to get any closer, eventually falling by a score of 87-62.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt senior E.C. Matthews registered a game-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.
  • Matthews ends his Rhode Island career ranked third all-time in scoring with 1,899 points.
  • Senior Jared Terrell also scored 10 points to end his career with 1,754. He passed Steve Chubin (1,751 from 1962-64, 65-66) to leave Rhode Island ranked seventh all-time. 
  • Seniors E.C. Matthews, Jared Terrell and Jarvis Garrett will leave Rhode Island as the winningest senior class ever to wear the keaney blue. Over the last four seasons, the Rhody trio has amassed 91 victories.
  • Sophomore Jeff Dowtin provided 10 points and nine assists for the Rams. His 189 assists this year are the third best single-season total in program history.
  • Freshman Fatts Russell scored six points and dished out two assists in 12 minutes before fouling out.
  • Senior Andre Berry added eight points, eight rebounds and two assists. 
  • Redshirt senior Stanford Robinson finished with four rebounds and one steal. He ends the season with 69 steals, the second-best single season total at URI. 
  • Duke held the advantage in rebounds (36-29), points in the paint (36-28), points off turnovers (15-12) and second chance points (15-7).
  • The Blue Devils shot 56.9 percent (29-of-51) while holding Rhody to a 39.7-percent (25-of-63) day from the field.
  • Duke had five players score in double figures - Marvin Bagley III (22), Gary Trent Jr. (18), Wendell Carter Jr. (13), Trevon Duval (11), and Grayson Allen (10).