Rams Pull Away From Holy Cross for 88-66 Win

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

Rhody Starters
Garrett, Dowtin, Robinson, Terrell, Berry

Holy Cross Starters
Green, Butler, Benzan, Floyd, Grandison

How it Happened
Seniors Andre Berry and Jared Terrell led the Rams' offense with a combined 45 points as Rhode Island defeated Holy Cross 88-66 Sunday afternoon at the Ryan Center.

The matchup between one of the top defensive teams in the Atlantic 10 and one of the top defensive teams in the Patriot League made for a tight first half. Holy Cross (2-1) led for about a minute of the opening period, but the Rams (2-1) opened an eight-point lead on a layup by Berry that made the score 23-15 with 11:07 on the clock.

The game was tied 37-37 with 26 seconds left in the first half, but Terrell hit a three just before the buzzer to send the Rams into the break with a 40-37 lead.

Rhode Island dominated the second half, extending its lead to as many as 22 points when sophomore Mike Layssard hit a layup with 2:23 to go. A balanced offense and persistent defense allowed the Rams to cruise to the win.

Inside the Box Score

  • Nine different Rams scored in the win, with Jared Terrell (25), Andre Berry (20), Jarvis Garrett (12) and Stanford Robinson (12) all putting up double figures.
  • Terrell's game-high 25 points matched his career best (25 vs. Fordham, Jan. 27, 2016).
  • Berry set new career-highs in both points (20) and minutes played (24). He finished the game 9-of-11 from the field and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
  • Sophomore Jeff Dowtin recorded a career-high nine assists and had the lone block of the game. He also had no turnovers in 34 minutes.
  • Robinson led the team with five of Rhody's 13 steals. He also added 12 points and five rebounds.
  • Making his first start of the season, Garrett dished out five assists in addition to his 12 points.
  • The Rams scored 22 points off of the 17 turnovers they forced against the Crusaders.
  • URI held a 12-2 advantage in fast-break points and outscored Holy Cross in the paint, 44-30.
  • All 12 players that dressed for the Rams saw time in the second half.

Stat of the Game
2.44 - The Rams had a 2.44 assist-to-turnover ratio, combining for 22 assists with just nine turnovers.

What's Next
Rhode Island travels to Brooklyn to take on Seton Hall Thursday night at the Barclays Center. The game - which is part of the NIT Season Tipoff - will air on ESPNU at 6 p.m.