Rams Drop A-10 Opener at Saint Louis, 60-53

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Harris, Martin, Langevine, Dowtin, Thompson

Saint Louis Starters
Goodwin, Foreman, Isabell, Bess, French

How It Happened
A late cold streak doomed Rhode Island (7-6, 0-1 Atlantic 10) as it fell at Saint Louis, 60-53, in the league opener for both teams.

The Rams were surging behind the play of freshmen Tyrese Martin and Dana Tate. With the score tied 37-37, Rhody got six straight points from its freshman class. Tate assisted on a layup by Omar Silverio, then Martin hit a jump shot. Tate scored his own bucket on a fast-break layup to put URI ahead 43-37 with 12:10 to go.

However, Saint Louis (10-4, 1-0 A-10) ended the game on a 23-10 run. Javon Bess had 14 of his game-high 24 points in the final 11 minutes to lead his team to the win. While Bess was heating up, Rhode Island missed its final seven field goal attempts and was just 2-of-12 from the field down the stretch.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Tyrese Martin made his first career start, filling in for the injured Fatts Russell. He responded with a career-high 18 points to go with six rebounds.
  • Martin was 4-of-6 from 3-point range. He is the second player to make four 3-pointers in a game this season, joining Christion Thompson, who did so against Bryant in the season opener.
  • Russell, who was out with a concussion, missed a game for the first time in his career.
  • Junior Jeff Dowtin was the only other Ram in double figures. He had 11 points and six assists. Dowtin was 6-for-6 on free throw attempts.
  • Dowtin also had a career-high five steals.
  • Freshman Dana Tate just missed his first career double-double, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds.
  • Rhode Island's four freshmen scored 31 of the team's 53 points.
  • Junior Cyril Langevine had 10 rebounds and six points. This was the first time this season two players had 10 rebounds in the same game.
  • Rhode Island lost its conference opener for the first time since 2013-14. That year, the Rams fell 59-58 to Saint Louis in the Ryan Center.
  • Despite a size advantage for Saint Louis, Rhode Island had a 39-37 edge on the glass.
  • Saint Louis had an 18-8 edge in points off turnovers. Rhode Island had 17 turnovers, compared to 12 for the Billikens.

What's Next
Rhode Island stays on the road to play at Richmond Wednesday, Jan. 9. Game time is 7 p.m. and the action will be streamed on ESPN+.