How It Happened
Rhode Island fell to Fordham, 53-43, Wednesday night at The Ryan Center. The game featured five lead changes and 11 ties, however the Kingston Rams could not finish.
In the first half, Fordham (11-15, 5-8 A-10) gained its first lead of three, going ahead 10-7 at 13:01. Jarvis Garrett - who returned for Rhode Island (16-9, 8-5 A-10) after missing eight games with illness - put up a 3-ball that put Rhody ahead 18-14 with 6:13 left in the half. The Fordham Rams then went on an 8-0 run to take a 25-21 lead into the break.
Rhody failed to connect its shots in the second half of play, going 8-for-26 from the field. Fordham extended its lead to as many as seven after a Chris Sengfelder three-ball with 1:36 left to play. Jared Terrell was then sent to the line, making one to cut the lead to 48-43. However, four consecutive makes from the line by Fordham's Joseph Chartouny put the visiting Rams up for good at 53-43.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Hassan Martin led Rhode Island with 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots on the night. He was the only Rhody player to score in double figures.
- With 307 career blocks, Martin now needs 21 more to become Rhode Island's all-time leader in blocked shots.
- URI's remaining four starters - Jared Terrell (7), Kuran Iverson (4), E.C. Matthews (2) and Jeff Dowtin (2) - combined for just 15 points.
- Fordham held a slight edge in rebounding at 38-37.
- Rhode Island shot a season-low 30.4-percent from the field and connected on just 10 percent (2-20) of its 3-point attempts.
- From the free throw line, URI was 7-of-15 (46.7%) while Fordham connected at a 72-percent clip (18-25).
- Rhode Island had the advantage in bench scoring at 13-3.
Stat of the Game
43 - As a team, Rhode Island scored a season-low 43 points in the loss - 17 below its previous low (60 vs. Providence), 31.8 below its season average (74.8) and 33.2 below its average in Atlantic 10 games (76.2)
Rhode Island travels to George Mason to face the Patriots on Saturday at 4 p.m. The game will air nationally on NBCSN.
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.