Rams Hold Off Saint Louis, 72-65, for Seventh Straight Win

Photo Credit: Bill Barrett/SLU
Photo Credit: Bill Barrett/SLU

Rhody Starters
Matthews, Dowtin, Robinson, Terrell, Berry

Saint Louis Starters
Goodwin, Bess, Roby, Johnson, French

How It Happened
Andre Berry's first career double-double helped Rhode Island hold off a tough Saint Louis team Tuesday night at Chaifetz Arena. The 72-65 victory was the seventh in a row for the Rams, who remain unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 (4-0) and improve to 12-3 overall.

Trailing 8-5, Rhody went on an 8-0 run that included four straight points by Fatts Russell. Two of the buckets during that span came off of back-to-back steals that led to fast break points for Rhode Island.

Though the Rams did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the half, the pace favored Saint Louis. The Billikens (8-9, 1-3 A-10) went to the free throw line 14 times before the break, making 12 of the attempts. Rhode Island was 5-of-7 from the line as there were 22 personal fouls called in the first half.

Saint Louis kept the game close throughout, eventually taking a 63-62 lead on a putback by Hasahn French. Rhody responded with a basket from E.C. Matthews to go back up by one, and a pair of Andre Berry free throws with 5:17 to go gave the Rams a 66-63 advantage.

From there, Rhode Island did its work at the free throw line. The Rams did not have a field goal for the final 5:36, but made seven free throws over the final 1:34 to secure the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Andre Berry recorded his first career double-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He was 7-for-10 from the floor.
  • Senior Jared Terrell had a game-high 20 points, his seventh game of the year with 20 or more.
  • Freshman Fatts Russell gave the team a big lift in the first half, where he scored all nine of his points. He also had one assist and one steal in the first half.
  • Redshirt senior E.C. Matthews finished with 10 points and four rebounds. He scored five in the first half despite being limited to five minutes due to foul trouble.
  • Sophomore Jeff Dowtin dished out eight assists to go with six points. It was the fifth time in the last six games he recorded at least six assists.
  • Sophomore Cyril Langevine had three of Rhode Island's season-high eight blocked shots.
  • Senior Stanford Robinson also added two blocks to go along with eight points, three rebounds and a pair of assists.
  • Rhode Island had 11 assists on its 15 first-half field goals. The Rams finished with 19 assists opposite 11 turnovers. Saint Louis, meanwhile, committed 17 turnovers with just 10 assists.
  • The last time Rhody started 4-0 in Atlantic 10 play was the 2002-03 season.
  • Dating back to last season, the Rams have now won 12 straight games against A-10 competition.

Stat of the Game
– Rhode Island scored 19 points off of 17 Saint Louis turnovers.

What's Next

The Rams are back at the Ryan Center on Saturday morning versus St. Bonaventure. Tipoff between the Atlantic 10's top two teams is set for 11 a.m.