Supreme Defensive Effort Helps Rams Hold Off Old Dominion, 51-39

Supreme Defensive Effort Helps Rams Hold Off Old Dominion, 51-39

How It Happened
Rhode Island got back on the winning track, using a tough defensive effort to knock off Old Dominion, 51-39, Tuesday night.

The Rams (6-3) held Old Dominion (5-3) to 29 percent from the floor (14-of-48) to snap a two-game skid and get the victory. Rhody's defense limited the Monarchs to 17 first-half points, as the Rams established a double-digit lead at the break. Rhode Island led 31-17 at the half, thanks to an E.C. Matthews' 3-pointer just before the buzzer. The 17 points was a season low for Old Dominion.

Both teams struggled offensively in the second half, but the Rams' lead was never truly threatened. Rhode Island held on to improve to 5-0 in home games this season. 

Inside the Box Score 

  • Freshman Cyril Langevine made his first career start for the Rams. He played a career-high 23 minutes, blocked a career-high four shots, grabbed five rebounds and scored three points.
  • Junior E.C. Matthews led the Rams with 15 points and eight rebounds.
  • Freshman Jeff Dowtin made his first career 3-pointer.
  • Old Dominion outrebounded the Rams slightly, 43-40, including a 16-15 edge on the offensive glass.
  • Junior Stanford Robinson had five steals, a new career high. He also had five points and four boards.
  • Rhode Island forced 19 turnovers for the game, including 11 in the first half.
  • The Rams had seven blocked shots.
  • Rhode Island's bench outscored Old Dominion, 20-12. Robinson and sophomore Nicola Akele each had five points off the bench for the Rams. 

Stat of the Game, pt. I
– The win is Rhode Island's 150th all time at the Thomas M. Ryan Center. The Rams are now 150-75 (.667) on their home court since the facility opened in 2002.

Stat of the Game, pt. II
39 -
The last time Rhode Island held an opponent to less than 40 points was at Boston University on Nov. 29, 2005 (38). 

What's Next
Rhody hits the road to face Houston on Saturday, Dec. 10.  The Rams and the Cougars tip off at 1:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. local CT).

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