Rams Close Out Bonnies, 53-48

Rams Close Out Bonnies, 53-48

How It Happened
Freshman Jared Terrell had the biggest offensive game of his career and Rhode Island played suffocating defense en route to a 53-48 Atlantic 10 victory over St. Bonaventure on Sunday.

With leading scorer E.C. Matthews sidelined with a foot injury, Terrell stepped up with a career-high 19 points. He was 8-of-15 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Thanks to Terrell's shooting, Rhody led by as many as nine points early in the second, but the Bonnies rallied to tie the game at 35-35 with 12:36 to go. From there, there were three ties and eight lead changes. Over the final 2:13, Rhode Island's defense and free throw shooting took over.

The Rams (13-5, 5-2 A-10) held St. Bonaventure to 0-for-4 on field goals down the stretch. As the defense shut down the Bonnies (11-7, 4-3 A-10), senior T.J. Buchanan hit 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final 2:13 and Hassan Martin had two of his seven blocked shots in the game's final minute to lock up the Rhody win.

Both teams struggled to find offense in the first half, with URI taking a 24-20 lead into the break. With five minutes left in the half, St. Bonaventure led, 14-13. Jared Terrell heated up, scoring eight points in the final 2:07 to help give Rhody a four-point lead at the break, the largest lead for either side in the first 20 minutes. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Jared Terrell led Rhode Island with a career-high 19 points. Terrell gave the team a big boost in the first half, when he scored 12 of his points.  
  • Rhode Island started 0-for-6 from three-point land before Terrell hit his first of the game. He made three of his next four attempts from beyond the arc.
  • Hassan Martin recorded his fifth double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds. It was his second straight double-double, following his 14 point/10 block outing against La Salle. It also is the second time this season Martin has posted back-to-back double-doubles, as he did so against Duquesne (Jan. 10) and VCU (Jan. 13).
  • Martin also finished with seven blocked shots, marking the fourth time this season he has had six or more in a game – all of which have come in his last six contests.
  • Gilvydas Biruta finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
  • In the low-scoring affair, Rhode Island had a major advantage in bench scoring. Rhody's reserves had 11 points – nine of which came from T.J. Buchanan – while St. Bonaventure's subs combined for just two points. 
  • The 44 combined points in the first half was the second lowest total in a Rhode Island game this season. URI and Nebraska combined for 42 points in the first half on Nov. 22.
  • The game featured 19 lead changes and seven ties.

Stats of the Game
20 – Rhode Island held St. Bonaventure to 20 points in the first half. It was the second straight game and the fourth time overall the Rams have held an opponent to 20-or-fewer points in the first half. 
35 – Over his last six games, Hassan Martin has blocked 35 shots.

What's Next
Rhode Island heads to the Bronx Wednesday for a date at Fordham Wednesday, Jan. 28. Game time is 7 p.m. 

The Rhody Sports Network will carry this - and every game - live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull.