Rhode Island Falls, 63-60, at Providence

Rhode Island Falls, 63-60, at Providence

How It Happened
Providence closed the game on a 23-13 push, erasing a seven-point Rhody lead and coming away with a 63-60 win at the Dunkin Donuts Center this afternoon.

Rhody led 47-40 with 12:15 to play in regulation, after a Hassan Martin free throw gave the Rams the largest lead by either team for the game.  But URI would go cold from the floor, missing its next five field goals over the next four minutes.  A Jarvis Garrett jumper with 8:12 to play snapped the cold streak, and gave Rhode Island its final lead of the game at 49-47.

There were three ties and three lead changes over the next five minutes before a Rodney Bullock layup with 3:14 to go in the game put the Friars up for good.  Trailing by four with 30 seconds left, Jared Terrell made a jumper and then drew a foul with nine ticks left to cut the Providence lead to 61-60.

The first half was a game of runs, as both teams ebbed and flowed offensively.  After Rhody scored the first five points of the game, Providence responded with a 13-5 run to take a 13-10 lead with 12:56 to go in the half.  URI added a 13-3 run of its own, capped by a traditional three-point play by Martin, making it 23-16 with just under 6:30 to play in the period.  The Friars took the lead back with a 10-2 run, but Rhody would close the half on an 11-3 push, taking a 35-29 edge at the break.
Inside the Box Score

  • Hassan Martin finished with his third double-double of the season, scoring 14 points while tying his career-high in rebounds, with 17.  Martin was 5-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe.  He also blocked two shots in 35 minutes.
  • Jared Terrell also had 14 points - the seventh time in eight games that he reached double-digits in the scoring column.
  • The Rams bench performed well, totalling 12 points on the afternoon.  Christion Thompson and Nicola Akele combined for 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.
  • E.C. Matthews added nine points, but was 3-of-13 from the floor (1-8 3FG).  Jarvis Garrett chipped in with eight points - all in the second half.
  • Rhode Island had its worst shooting performance of the 2016-17 season, connecting on 37.3% of its shots from the floor.  The Rams made 22-of-59 shots from the floor, including 5-of-18 from the outside.
  • The Rams outrebounded the Friars, 38-33 - including a 13-7 edge on the offensive glass.

Stat of the Game, pt. I
7 & 5 - There were seven ties and five lead changes in the ball game.  The last four Rhode Island/Providence matchups have been decided by a total of 14 points.  Three of the games have been by three or fewer points.

Stat of the Game, pt. II
6 - Rhode Island dished out a season-low six assists on 22 field goals made.  

What's Next
Rhody returns home on Tuesday, Dec. 6 when it hosts Old Dominion at 7 p.m. at the Thomas M. Ryan Center.

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