Rams Pick Up Solid Win Over St. Bonaventure, 75-63

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Harris, Russell, Martin, Langevine, Dowtin

St. Bonaventure
Lofton, Kaputo, Stockard, Griffin, Osunniyi

How It Happened
Rhode Island gave the type of effort Head Coach David Cox called for earlier in the week, riding a strong defensive effort to knock off St. Bonaventure, 75-63, Wednesday night.

The Rams (9-7, 2-2 Atlantic 10) held St. Bonaventure to 20 points in the first half, limiting the Bonnies (6-11, 2-2 A-10) to 24.0 percent from the floor. It was the fewest first-half points Rhody has allowed in a game this season. By contrast, Rhode Island shot 51.9 percent while building a 14-point lead by the break.

The Bonnies closed the gap quickly, getting within six points at 41-35 less than five minutes into the second half following a layup by Courtney Stockard. A basket by Dominick Welch at the 14:00 mark pulled St. Bonavnture back to 44-37, but then Rhode Island clamped down on defense, holding the visitors scoreless for the next 4:34. The Rams then pulled away down the stretch, hitting 9-of-10 at the free throw line to salt the win away.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Tyrese Martin and sophomore Fatts Russell scored 18 points each to lead the Rhode Island offense.
  • For Martin, it was his fourth straight game scoring in double digits. He is the first Rhody freshman to do so since E.C. Matthews had nine straight games with 10 or more to close out the 2013-14 season.
  • Russell was 6-of-9 from the floor to go with five assists and four steals.
  • Junior Jeff Dowtin had 12 points and four assists. He moved into 10th place in program history in assists. He now has 325, moving ahead of Preston Murphy (322 from 1995-99).
  • Junior Cyril Langevine was the fourth Ram in double digits, scoring 14 to go with eight rebounds. Langevine was 6-of-8 from the field.
  • Redshirt junior Christion Thompson was +22 in 24 minutes off the bench. He had four points, three rebounds and two assists while playing strong defense.
  • Freshman Dana Tate had six points, two rebounds and two steals. One of his baskets was a turnaround 3-pointer as the shot clock expired in the second half.
  • Rhode Island had 15 assists on its 25 field goals.
  • The Rams were 20-of-26 at the free throw line.

What's Next
Rhode Island heads to La Salle to take on the Explorers Saturday afternoon. The game will air on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m.