How It Happened
Hassan Martin and Jared Terrell combined for 41 points as Rhode Island wore down Saint Louis, 81-68, in a physical contest Saturday afternoon.
Rhode Island (17-6, 9-3 A-10) used a stifling defense to help establish a 20-point lead with 12:48 to go. Saint Louis managed to cut the deficit to 10 points with 6:08 remaining, but the Rams limited the Billikens to two points over the next 4:38 to effectively put the game away.
Saint Louis (10-15, 2-10 A-10) opened the game hitting its first two field goal attempts – both 3-point shots – as it jumped out to a 6-2 lead. From there, Rhode Island went on a 12-0 run to establish a 14-6 lead that it did not relinquish the rest of the way. Hassan Martin and Jared Terrell each scored five points during the run.
Inside the Box Score
- Hassan Martin scored in double digits for the 15th time this season, finishing with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Martin, who also had five rebounds and three blocked shots, scored 15 of his points in the first half.
- Martin also recorded the 150th blocked shot of his career. He is third all time in Rhode Island history with 152, trailing only Kenny Green (328, 1985-90) and Antonio Reynolds-Dean (235, 1995-99).
- Jared Terrell scored a career-high 23 points. Terrell set new career highs in both categories by making 11-of-12 free throws.
- Gilvydas Biruta was the third Ram in double figures, scoring 12 points. Biruta's final points came on a breakaway dunk as he stole the ball, dribbled the length of the floor and dunked it home.
- Jarvis Garrett had seven points and five of the team's 16 assists.
- T.J. Buchanan hit a pair of 3-point baskets in the second half and finished with eight points, all of which came after halftime. He also had five rebounds and three assists.
- Rhode Island shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) during the first half.
- There were 52 fouls called in the game, 27 on Rhode Island and 25 on Saint Louis. The whistles led to 67 combined free throw attempts.
- Rhode Island had a strong day at the free throw line. The Rams hit their first 15 attempts and finished 27-of-33 for the game.
- The defense forced 22 turnovers. The Rams committed just 10 turnovers. This led to a 32-16 advantage for Rhode Island in points off turnovers.
Stats of the Game
183 – Over the last three Rhode Island games, there have been a combined 183 free throws attempted. There were 74 free throws at Richmond, 42 at Saint Joseph's and 67 in the game Saturday.
1 – There was one successful marriage proposal during the Valentine's Day game, as season ticket holder Jay Coppa proposed to his girlfriend, Alicia Colozzi during the second half. Both are URI alumni.
Rhode Island is back at home Wednesday, Feb. 18 when it hosts Massachusetts. Game time is 7 p.m. The game will be televised by SNY.
The Rhody Sports Network will carry this - and every game - live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull.