March 16, 2011

James' Triple-Double Fuels Rhody's 76-59 Win Over Miami (Ohio)

March 16, 2011

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KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island senior Delroy James recorded the first triple double in school history to lead the Rams past Miami (Ohio) 76-59 Wednesday night at the Ryan Center.

James finished with game-highs of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. His 10 assists were a career-high.

Junior Orion Outerbridge and sophomore Akeem Richmond also scored in double figures, finishing with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Outerbridge also connected on a career-high four 3-pointers.

With the win, URI improved to 20-13 on the year to give the Rams their fourth-consecutive 20 win season. The win also marked the 90th victory for URI's senior class. The 90 wins over the last four years is a program best.

Rhody took an early 15-11 lead thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Outerbridge and senior Marquis Jones. Outerbridge's trey was the first 3-pointer of his collegiate career.

Miami (Ohio) fought back with an 8-5 push to cut Rhody's lead to one at (20-19) with just under 7:30 to play in the first half. The Rams responded with a 16-5 spurt to close out the half as they took a 36-24 lead into the locker room.

Rhody's 12-point halftime lead is its largest lead at home since Dec. 18 when it faced New Hampshire (13 points, 37-24).

James led all first half scorers with 10 points, connecting on 4-of-8 shots from the field.

Rhody came out of the locker room firing as it opened up a 16-point lead thanks to an 8-3 run to take a 44-28 lead with 16:51 to go in the game. The Redhawks fought back and trimmed the URI lead to six with 12 minutes to go, but that was as close as Miami (Ohio) would get.

Over the next seven minutes, URI outscored the Redhawks 23-8 to open up a 24-point lead it would not relinquish.