Rhode Island Looks for Second Straight Win Friday at Dayton on ESPN2

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at Dayton
Tip-Off: Friday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. EST
Live Coverage: Stats | Audio | ESPN2
Game Notes

RHODE ISLAND VS. DAYTON - SERIES NOTES

  • Friday's game will be the 36th meeting all time in the series, with Dayton holding a 19-16 edge.
  • It will be the second game the team's have met this year. The Flyers won, 77-48, when they visited the Ryan Center on Feb. 9. Jalen Crutcher led Dayton with 20 points while Obi Toppin added 19 points. Rhode Island's Cyril Langevine had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
  • Rhode Island is 6-9 all time when playing at Dayton.
  • The Rams won their last visit to UD Arena, beating the Flyers 88-74 on Jan. 20 last season. Jeff Dowtin had 11 points and six assists while Fatts Russell had 10 points off the bench in the win.
  • Rhode Island comes into the game fresh off its second largest margin of victory this season, a 27-point victory over George Washington. In the season opener, the Rams knocked off Bryant by 34 points.
  • Dayton is riding a three-game winning streak and has won four of its last five overall.
  • Dayton is the top shooting team in the Atlantic 10, shooting .496 from the field as a team. Rhode Island is seventh in the conference, making .427 from the floor.
  • While the Flyers are the top shooting team in the league, they also are stringest on the defensive end, allowing opponents to make just .399 of their field goal attempts. Only VCU allows a lower shooting percentage.
  • Freshman Obi Toppin is leading Dayton in scoring during conference play, averaging 14.3 points per game. The only freshmen in the A10 averaging more points per game during conference play are St. Bonaventure's Kyle Lofton (15.3 points) and Fordham's Nick Honor (14.7 points).

DOWTIN, RUSSELL NEARING RARE SINGLE-SEASON 

  • Junior Jeff Dowtin and sophomore Fatts Russell have combined for 198 assists so far this season, with Dowtin posting 104 and Russell adding 94.
  • If Russell gets six more assists, it will mark the first time since the 2009-10 season that Rhode Island has had two players reach 100 assists in the same season.
  • In 2009-10, Marquis Jones had 146 and Stevie Mejia had 127.
  • The most ever by two Rhody teammates was Carlton "Silk" Owens and Tom Garrick during the 1987-88 season. Owens had 179 and Garrick had 145, as the duo combined for 324 assists while leading the Rams to the Sweet 16.
  • The only other time in the last 32 seasons that two players reached 100 assists in the same year for URI was 1988-89, when Herb Dixon had 153 and Eric Leslie had had 104. 

STEALING THE SHOW

  • Rhode Island had a season-high 15 steals in its win over George Washington on Tuesday.
  • It was the most steals in a game by the Rams since they had 15 against Dayton last season on Feb. 23, 2018.
  • Rhody's defense averages 7.3 steals per game, good for sixth in the Atlantic 10 and 72nd nationally. 
  • Sophomore Fatts Russell - who had four steals in Tuesday's win - ranks seventh in the league with 1.58 per game.
  • Junior Jeff Dowtin and redshirt junior Christion Thompson are tied for 11th in the league with 1.44 per game. 
  • With 88 career steals, Dowtin is Rhody's active leader. 
  • Russell has has six games this season with four or more steals. Rhode Island is 6-0 in those games.
  • Russell leads the team with 41 steals, while Dowtin and Thompson have 39 each.
  • Freshman Tyrese Martin has 16 steals over his last 11 games. He had eight total in his first 16 games.
  • URI is fourth in the league in forced turnovers (14.22).