Rhode Island Closes Out Davidson, 70-59, on Friday Night

Rhode Island Closes Out Davidson, 70-59, on Friday Night

How It Happened
Rhode Island used a 16-3 run midway through the second half and held Davidson to two made field goals over the final 11:13 of regulation to earn a 70-59 win on Friday night.

Trailing by nine - 51-42 - with 11:13 to play, the Rams took over on both ends of the floor.  A Jared Terrell 3-pointer with 7:51 to play cut it to one before URI took the lead for good on two Christion Thompson free throws with 7:08 left.  

Back-to-back 3-pointers from E.C. Matthews made the game a three-possession affair with under three minutes remaining.  Rhody outscored Davidson, 28-7 to close the game out.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 9-2 advantage less than five minutes into the game, as URI missed its first five field goals.  But the Rams began a 9-1 run over the next 3:40, taking an 11-10 lead on a Hassan Martin layup with 10:44 left in the period.  The two teams traded shots for the rest of the half, with seven lead changes and seven ties before Terrell connected on two free throws to give Rhody a 34-33 lead at the break.
Inside the Box Score

  • E.C. Matthews led all players with 21 points.  The junior guard scored from beyond the arc and in the lane, connecting on 8-of-16 field goals overall and 4-of-6 from deep.  He added nine boards, an assist, and a blocked shot.
  • Jeff Dowtin played his best game as a Rhody Ram, pouring in a career-best 19 points - 12 coming in the first half.  He dished out four assists and notched a steal, while playing lockdown defense on Davidson's Jack Gibbs, holding the top scorer in the A-10 to 12 points (2-13 FG).
  • Jared Terrell was limited to 12 minutes due to foul trouble, but added 11 points (3-4 FG) and a steal.
  • Kuran Iverson continued to be the best rebounder in A-10 play, corralling 13 rebounds.  He registered four points, two steals, an assist and a blocked shot in 34 minutes of play.
  • Hassan Martin added nine points (3-10 FG), seven boards and a career-best four assists.
  • The Rhody bench provided a big defensive spark on the night, tallying three steals and two blocks.  The collective of Cyril Langevine, Stanford Robinson, Christion Thompson, and Nicola Akele combined with six points and seven boards.
  • For the game, Rhode Island tied its single-game school record with 15 blocks.  The previous 15-block game for URI came on Jan. 22, 2015 vs. La Salle.
  • Rhody dished out 11 assists while committing eight turnovers - the ninth game this season with single-digit turnovers.

Stat of the Game, pt. I
9 - Rhode Island scored nine second-chance points on the evening.

Stat of the Game, pt. II
19 - The Rams defense held the top scoring duo in the league - Jack Gibbs (21.8 ppg) and Payton Aldridge (21.7 ppg) to 19 points combined - close to a 25 points under their season average.

What's Next
Rhode Island travels to Massachusetts on Tuesday, Feb. 7  for the second of two regular season matchups against the Minutemen.  The Rams downed UMass, 79-77, at the Ryan Center on January 15 in the first meeting of the year.

The 150th meeting between URI and UMass can be seen live nationally on the CBS Sports Network, tipping off at 7 p.m. ET.  The game can be heard live locally on the Rhody Sports Network on B101 (101.5 FM) and through the iHeartMedia app, with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull.