Rams Head to UMass for Sunday Afternoon Contest on Stadium

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at Massachusetts
Tip-Off: Sunday, Jan. 27, 2:00 p.m. EST
Live Coverage: Stats | Audio | Stadium
Game Notes 

RHODE ISLAND VS. UMASS - SERIES NOTES

  • Sunday's game will be the 152nd meeting between the Rams and Minutemen.
  • The Minutemen lead the series 88-64.
  • Rhode Island has won the last four meetings, and six of the last eight overall.
  • The Rams are 25-52 on the road against the Minutemen.
  • Last season, Rhody beat the Minutemen in both meetings. The first contest ended in a 73-51 victory for the Rams on Jan. 17, and the second contest was a tight 85-83 win on Jan. 30. 
  • The game will feature two of the league's better free throw shooters. Jonathan Laurent for the Minutemen shoots 84.2 percent from the line, while Jermaine Harris for the Rams shoots 76.9 percent. 
  • Rhody enters the game having won three in a row and four out of its last five games. UMass looks to break a seven-game losing streak. 
  • Massachusetts has the highest 3-point shooting percentage in the Atlantic 10, making 159 of its 460 attempts (.346). 
  • Rhode Island contains the second-best rebounding offense in the Atlantic 10, with 700 rebounds in its 18 games played. 
  • Luwane Pipkins - UMass' leading scorer - averages 18.2 points per game, which ranks second in the conference. He is three spots ahead of Rhode Island's leading scorer, Jeff Dowtin, who is averaging 16.6 points per game. 
  • Rhode Island's Cyril Langevine is leading the league with 9.9 rebounds per game, while Rashaan Holloway averages 5.6 for the Minutemen. 
  • In conference play, the Rams rank sixth in scoring defense, allowing 406 points in six games, while the Minutemen trail right behind them in seventh, allowing 407 points in six contests. 

STADIUM TO CARRY THE GAME

  • Sunday's game will be broadcast on Stadium. Matt Martucci will have the play-by-play and Dr. John Giannini.
  • Giannini was formerly the head coach at La Salle for 14 seasons through last season.

MARTIN HEATING UP IN CONFERENCE PLAY

  • Freshman Tyrese Martin is averaging 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds since Rhode Island began conference play.
  • In league play, he ranks sixth among A-10 freshmen with his scoring average. The only players averaging more than him are St. Bonaventure's Kyle Lofton (14.2 points/game); Duquesne's Sincere Curry (14.2); Fordham's Nick Honor (14.0); Fordham's Jalen Cobb (13.2) and Davidson's  Luke Frampton (12.3). 
  • He is shooting a team-best .529 from the floor during conference play.
  • Since conference play began, Martin has played 30 or more minutes in six straight games.
  • Martin had a career-high 18-point effort in his first career start at Saint Louis on Jan. 6. He had 18 again in his second start, which came against St. Bonaventure.
  • He averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds during non-conference play.
  • The team's second-leading rebounder, Martin has had five or more rebounds in eight straight contests.
  • Martin has grabbed seven or more rebounds nine times.