Harris, Russell, Martin, Langevine, Dowtin
Gudmundsson, Pritchett, Grady, Frampton, Brajkovic
How It Happened
Davidson (17-5, 8-1 Atlantic 10) pulled away in the second half, handing Rhode Island a 68-53 loss Wednesday night.
Rhode Island (12-10, 5-5 A-10) started the game 0-for-10 from the field as Davidson got off to an 11-1 lead. The Wildcats led 20-8 before Rhody then ripped off an 11-0 run that included back-to-back steals for fast-break baskets by Cyril Langevine and Fatts Russell to cut the deficit to one point. Davidson hit back with an 8-0 run of its own, but URI finished the half on a 6-0 as Russell hit a runner with four seconds on the clock to get the Rams within 30-27 at the break.
After the teams traded baskets early in the second half, freshman big Luka Brajkovic took over for the Wildcats. He had 18 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots on the night. Once he did damage in the paint, it opened the outside for Davidson. The hosts hit six 3-pointers in the second half. Rhode Island was unable to answer the balanced Wildcat offense.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Cyril Langevine led the Rams with 16 points and 14 rebounds. It was his 11th double-double of the year.
- Junior Jeff Dowtin finished with 13 points and five rebounds. He was the only other Rhode Island player in double figures.
- Freshman Dana Tate had a strong game off the bench. He scored eight points to go with nine rebounds. He had six points, four rebounds and one assist in 10 first-half minutes.
- Davidson had a big edge at the free throw line, making 17-of-24. Rhode Island was 4-of-12.
- Davidson guard Jon Axel Gudmundsson had a game-high 20 points. He was 3-of-4 from the arc and 9-for-10 at the line.
Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host Dayton on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. The game will be carried by CBSSN.