Rhode Island Set for Early Road Test at College of Charleston Tuesday

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at College of Charleston
Tip-Off: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:00 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON - SERIES NOTES

  • Tuesday will be the fourth meeting between the programs, and the second meeting in as many seasons.
  • Rhode Island is 3-0 all time against College of Charleston, including a 68-62 victory last season at the Ryan Center.
  • This will be Rhode Island's first visit to College of Charleston. The teams have played once at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I., once at the Providence Civic Center (1996) and once in Toledo, Ohio as part of the 2K Sports Classic Benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer (2010).
  • College of Charleston won the CAA regular-season and postseason titles last season, qualifying for the NCAA Championship. The Cougars were 26-8 a year ago, marking their second straight 25-win season.

DOWTIN PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF

  • Junior Jeff Dowtin had nine assists in the season opener against Bryant, his seventh career game with nine or more.
  • Rhode Island is 6-1 when Dowtin has nine or more assists, with the lone loss coming to Duke in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Championship in 2018.
  • Last season, Dowtin tied for second nationally with his 4.40 assist-to-turnover ratio.
  • From 2016-17 through 2017-18, Dowtin was the only Division I player with 250+ assists and fewer than 65 turnovers.

PRESTON PROVIDES BIG BOOST OFF THE BENCH

  • Senior forward Ryan Preston gave the Rams quality minutes off the bench in the season opener, scoring a career-high nine points and grabbing three rebounds in 14 minutes.
  • Preston was 4-for-4 from the field, including a pair of highlight reel dunks.
  • One of the dunks came on a breakaway in which Preston stole a pass and went the length of the floor for the basket.
  • Preston led a bench effort that provided 33 points for Rhode Island, the most by the bench since a 41-point showing against Richmond last season. 

RUSSELL KEEPS DOMINATING IN-STATE COMPETITION

  • Sophomore Fatts Russell scored a career-high 21 points in the season opener against Bryant, his third career game with 20 points or more.
  • All three of his 20-point games have come against schools from Rhode Island, as he dropped 20 on Brown and Providence in 2017-18.
  • Russell appeared in all 34 games off the bench for Rhode Island last season, scoring in double figures 11 times and averaging 7.0 points in 18.0 minutes per game.
  • In the opening round victory over Oklahoma in the NCAA Championship, Russell had 15 points, three assists and two steals while outplaying NBA first-round draft pick Trae Young.