Rams, Explorers Set for Saturday Matinee on NBCSN

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at La Salle
Tip-Off: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2:35 p.m. EST
Live Coverage: Stats | Audio | NBCSN
Game Notes 

RHODE ISLAND VS. LA SALLE - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday's game will be the 38th all-time between Rhode Island and La Salle.
  • Rhode Island leads the series, 28-9. 
  • URI has won four straight in the series, and seven out of the last eight meetings overall.
  • The Rams are 14-5 when playing on the road against the Explorers, including five straight victories at Gola Arena.
  • Last season, Rhody beat La Salle twice. The Rams won 74-62 on Jan. 3 and then outlasted the Explorers, 95-93, in overtime on Feb. 20.
  • Both teams have first year head coaches. David Cox took over at Rhode Island on April 4, while Ashley Howard was named to his post at La Salle four days later.
  • Rhody enters the game having won two of its last three contests. La Salle is looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
  • La Salle is the best free throw shooting team in the Atlantic 10. As a squad, the Explorers are hitting .784 of their attempts.
  • Rhode Island is shooting .682 at the line, which ranks seventh in the conference.
  • Pookie Powell - La Salle's leading scorer - averages 16.5 points per game, which ranks fifth in the A-10. He is one spot ahead of Rhode Island's Jeff Dowtin, who is scoring 16.4 points per game.
  • La Salle's Traci Carter ranks fourth in the league with 2.1 steals per game. Rhody's Fatts Russell is sixth in the A-10 with 1.9 swipes per game.
  • Both teams have struggled from the 3-point line this season. La Salle is shooting .307 from the arc, while the Rams are shooting .265. 

BALANCE MAKES THINGS BETTER

  • In its last two games, Rhode Island has had at least four different players score 10 or more points. 
  • Against George Mason, the Rams had Jeff Dowtin (15), Cyril Langevine (15), Fatts Russell (11), Tyrese Martin (10) and Omar Silverio (10) all score in double figures. It was just the second time this season Rhody has had five players with 10 or more points, with West Virginia being the other game.
  • In Wednesday's win over St. Bonaventure, there were four players in double digits, as Martin and Russell scored 18 each, Langevine had 14 and Dowtin added 12.
  • In the first 14 games of the season, Rhode Island had at least four double-digit scorers just two times.
  • The Rams are 3-1 when they have four or more players score at least 10 points.
  • Dowtin, Russell and Martin all have streaks of four or more games with at least 10 points.
  • Dowtin has scored 10 or more in all 16 games this season, and 17 straight times overall.
  • Russell has nine straight double-digit efforts, while Martin has done so in four straight games.

18 IS KEY NUMBER FOR RUSSELL

  • Sophomore Fatts Russell is Rhode Island's second leading scorer, averaging 14.7 points per game.
  • Russell has scored 18 or more points eight times this season.
  • Rhode Island is 7-1 when Russell scores at least 18. The lone exception was his season-high 26-point performance against Bucknell, a two-point loss for the Rams.
  • The Rams are 2-6 in the eight games Russell has less than 18 points.
  • Last time out, Russell was efficient from the floor, making 6-of-9 from the floor - including 1-for-2 from 3-point range. He also was 5-for-6 at the free throw line.
  • When Russell is making free throws, it means success for Rhody. He has made four or more free throws in eight games this season. The Rams are 8-0 in those games.