Rams Look to Stay Hot at Saint Joseph's Tuesday Night on CBSSN

Photo Credit: Erik Schelkun, Elsestar Images
Photo Credit: Erik Schelkun, Elsestar Images

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at Saint Joseph's
Tip-Off: Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 p.m. EST
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Game Notes 

RHODE ISLAND VS. SAINT JOSEPH'S - SERIES NOTES

  • Tuesday's game will be the 103rd meeting all time in the series, with Saint Joseph's holding a 57-45 edge.
  • This will be the 50th time Rhode Island has been the road team against the Hawks. The Rams are 18-31 when playing on the road versus Saint Joseph's.
  • The last meeting between the teams was during the 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship semifinals, which Rhode Island won, 90-87. Jeff Dowtin had 16 points and 10 assists in the win, while Fatts Russell added 14 points off the bench.
  • Rhody has won two of its last three visits to Hagan Arena, including a 68-49 victory on March 1, 2017.
  • Rhode Island comes into the game having won its last two games, including a 72-70 overtime win at Dayton on Friday, March 1. The Rams are looking to match their longest win streak of the season. They won three straight from Jan. 16-23, beating St. Bonaventure, La Salle and VCU in succession.
  • Saint Joseph's also has won two straight, beating Fordham and La Salle in its last two contests.
  • The Hawks are ranked third in the conference in free throw shooting, making .736 from the line as a team.
  • Saint Joseph's also ranks third in 3-point shots made per game, averaging 8.6 per contest.
  • Saint Joseph's Charlie Brown averages 19.2 points per game, making him the league's leading scorer.

LANGEVINE CRACKS TOP 10 SINGLE SEASON REBOUNDING LIST

  • Rhode Island junior Cyril Langevine enters Tuesday with 283 rebounds this season, the 10th most in a season in program history. He passed Kahiem Seawright Friday at Dayton. Seawright had 277 during the 2007-08 season.
  • With two more rebounds, Langevine will pass Kenny Green for ninth place. Green had 284 in 1989-90.
  • Langevine leads the Atlantic 10 with 10.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 15th nationally.
  • Langevine has had 12 or more rebounds nine times this season.
  • He ranks seventh in the nation with 3.61 offensive rebounds per game.
  • Langevine is the A-10's active career leader with 619 rebounds. 

AGGRESSIVE RUSSELL MAKES BIG DIFFERENCE

  • When sophomore Fatts Russell is scoring in bunches, it means good things for the Rams.
  • Rhode Island is 10-1 this season when Russell scores at least 18 points.
  • When Russell makes at least four free throws in a game, Rhode Island is 11-1 this season.
  • The lone defeat was his season-high 26-point performance against Bucknell, a two-point loss.
  • He made three free throws against Bucknell.
  • Russell leads the team with six 20-point performances and is third on the Rams with his 13.1 points per game.
  • Over his last three games, Russell is 8-for-20 (40.0 percent) from the 3-point arc. 
  • It is the first time this season that Russell has made multiple 3-point shots in three consecutive games. 

STEALING THE SHOW

  • Rhode Island has recorded 24 steals over its last two games, getting nine at Dayton Friday night and a season-high 15 steals in its win over George Washington.
  • The 15 steals against George Washington were 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 7.4 steals per game, good for sixth in the Atlantic 10 and 65th nationally. 
  • Sophomore Fatts Russell ranks sixth in the conference and 99th in the country with 1.67 steals per game.
  • Over his last three games, Russell has 11 steals, including four against both Dayton and George Washington.
  • Russell has seven games this season with four or more steals. Rhode Island is 7-0 in those games.
  • Russell leads the team with 45 steals, while Jeff Dowtin has 41 and Christion Thompson has 39 each.
  • Dowtin ranks 10th in the league with 1.46 steals per game. Thompson ranks 13th with 1.39 per game. 
  • With 90 career steals, Dowtin is Rhody's active leader. 
  • Freshman Tyrese Martin has 17 steals over his last 12 games. He had eight total in his first 16 games.
  • URI is third in the league in forced turnovers (14.39).