Rams to Host Buffalo in Charity Exhibition Game for Disaster Relief Oct. 28

Rams to Host Buffalo in Charity Exhibition Game for Disaster Relief Oct. 28

KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island men's basketball will host a charity exhibition game against University of Buffalo at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 28 at the Ryan Center.

Admission to this event is free for all patrons, however, there is a recommended donation of $10 for general public and $5 for URI students per person at the door inside the Ryan Center on Saturday, October 28 with all proceeds being donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. If you are unable to attend the exhibition game, you are encouraged to visit http//bit.ly/2xScAep to donate back to the American Red Cross. All seating is general admission, and doors open at 12:00 p.m.

Rhode Island and Buffalo received an NCAA waiver to play the additional exhibition game as Buffalo already had the maximum number of preseason competition dates. The Rams and Bulls will play a regulation 40-minute game with some rules modified in the spirit of an exhibition.

Rhode Island is coming off the second Atlantic 10 title in program history and a trip to the Round of 32 in last year's NCAA Championship. This will be the team's lone public exhibition before the season opener on Friday, Nov. 10.

"This is a great opportunity to use basketball as a way to help people in a time of need," Hurley said. "I want to thank Nate Oats and his program for helping make this happen. This is a chance for our teams and our fans to make a real difference while also enjoying an early look at two quality basketball programs."

Buffalo is led by third-year head coach Nate Oats, who is 37-30 with the Bulls. In his first season, Oats won 20 games and led the team to the 2015-16 NCAA tournament. It was the program's second straight trip, as former Rhode Island assistant coach Bobby Hurley led the team to a 42-20 mark in two years, with Oats as his top assistant.

"I want to thank Danny Hurley and the University of Rhode Island for their willingness to support this effort," Oats said. "This is an outstanding opportunity for our program to play a high caliber opponent while making an impact on those suffering as a result of the hurricanes and other natural disasters that have hit our country."

Oats also coached Rhode Island senior E.C. Matthews during his career at Romulus High School in Michigan. Matthews and Oats won the school's first state title in 27 years during the 2012-13 season.

Limited concessions will be available. Parking at the Ryan Center is free and available in the Plains Road Lot.

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