Nevada Holds Off Rams, 88-81

Photo Credit: Alex Subers
Photo Credit: Alex Subers

Rhody Starters
Matthews, Langevine, Dowtin, Terrell, Berry

Nevada Starters
Co. Martin, Foster, Drew, Stephens, Caroline

How it Happened
Rhode Island (1-1) could not overcome a free throw parade for Nevada, falling 88-81 in Reno Monday night.

The Wolf Pack (2-0) enjoyed a huge advantage at the line, attempting 44 free throws, compared to 18 for Rhode Island. Nevada took advantage, shooting 81.8 percent (36-of-44) at the stripe.

After the Wolf Pack opened with an 11-4 run, Rhode Island responded with a 10-2 push, punctuated by an old-fashioned three-point play by E.C. Matthews and a long-range jumper by Stanford Robinson, to pull ahead 14-13.

Nevada used an 11-3 run to reclaim the lead and push it to 28-20. The Rams slowed things down with back-to-back layups from Nicola Akele and Jarvis Garrett, cutting the deficit to four points. However, Rhody hit just one field goal over the final 5:34 of the first half, enabling Nevada to take a 10-point advantage into the break.

Rhode Island trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, but seniors Jared Terrell and E.C. Matthews sparked a rally as the duo combined for 11 straight points. The Rams pulled even at 62-62 with 9:02 remaining, after a Jeff Dowtin block led to a three-point play by Matthews at the other end of the court.

Nevada moved back ahead by six after a Jordan Caroline free throw made it 74-68 with 3:22 to go. Matthews then bounced a 3-pointer in to make it a 74-71 game but back-to-back threes by Caleb Martin later put the Wolf Pack on top 80-74.

Nicola Akele scored after an offensive rebound to trim the lead to 80-76 with 1:44 to go, but Nevada outscored Rhody 8-5 down the stretch to close out the 88-81 victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Jared Terrell scored a team-high 24 points before fouling out. He went over 1,200 points for his career and now has 1,212.
  • Senior E.C. Matthews had 18 points, while classmate Jarvis Garrett added 10.
  • Garrett also had two assists, and passed Preston Murphy for ninth place in program history with 324 for his career.
  • After committing 10 first-half turnovers, Rhode Island had just four in the second half.
  • Nevada's Jordan Caroline attempted 17 free throws, one less than the Rams attempted as a team. Caleb Martin went to the line 13 times for the Wolf Pack. The duo combined for 52 points, with exactly half of their points coming at the free throw line.
  • Nevada had an 18-12 rebounding advantage in the first half, but Rhode Island won the rebound battle for the game, 34-32.
  • Junior Nicola Akele gave the Rams a strong effort off the bench, finishing with eight points and six rebounds.
  • Freshman Fatts Russell scored seven points in seven minutes off the bench.

Stat of the Game
28 - Rhode Island was whistled for 28 fouls and had three players foul out. Nevada was called for 17 fouls.

What's Next
Rhode Island gets five days off before hosting Holy Cross on Sunday, Nov. 19. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at The Ryan Center.