Rams Remain Undefeated in A-10, Beat UMass 73-51

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

Rhody Starters
Dowtin, Terrell, Matthews, Robinson, Berry

UMass Starters
Pierre, McLean, Pipkins, Baldwin, Hines

How It Happened
Rhode Island extended its winning streak to nine Wednesday night with a win over Massachusetts, 73-51. The victory marked the 14th straight against conference opponents, and the 6-0 start in conference play is the best in program history.

Rhode Island (14-3, 6-0 A-10) used ball movement to build an early lead, getting 10 assists on its first 12 baskets of the game. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Stanford Robinson and Jared Terrell pushed the lead to 14 points, and an E.C. Matthews dunk minutes later made the score 24-8 over the Minutemen (10-9, 3-3 Atlantic 10). The Rams kept the pressure on and closed out the first half with a Robinson tip-in layup as time expired, going into the break up 40-20.

UMass managed to cut the deficit to 15 early in the second half, but a Jarvis Garrett assist to Terrell for a 3-pointer put the momentum back in Rhode Island's favor. Another three points from Terrell gave the Rams a 68-46 lead, and Rhode Island didn't look back as they captured the victory on a record setting night.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Jared Terrell finished with a game-high 24 points, shooting 8-for-13 from the floor and 4-of-6 from three-point range. It is his eighth time scoring more than 20 points in a game this season.
  • Senior Stanford Robinson scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to get his third double-double of the season. It is the fourth time this season he has had double-digit rebounds in a game.
  • Senior Andre Berry recorded 11 points along with five rebounds. He shot 3-for-7 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
  • Sophomore Cyril Langevine scored six points and blocked three shots in 17 minutes off the bench. He also grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds, the fourth time this season he has had 10 or more in a game. It was the second time this season he has blocked three shots in a game.
  • Sophomore Jeff Dowtin scored four points and dished out six assists. He now has six or more assists in nine game this season.
  • Sophomore Eric Dadika scored his first points of the season with a 3-pointer in the second half.
  • The Rams forced 19 turnovers, the sixth time their opponent has reached that mark this season.
  • Rhode Island shot 81.0 percent (17-for-21) from the free throw line.
  • The Rams 14 offensive rebounds were the most since they grabbed 18 on Dec. 21 against Iona.
  • The 20 first-half points scored by Massachusetts were the fewest Rhode Island has allowed in a half this season.
  • Rhode Island is now 11-0 at the Ryan Center this season.
  • The Rams have not lost since Dec. 6. at Alabama.

Stat of the Game
20/21.9 - The first 20 minutes of the game marked Rhode Island's best defensive half of the season. The 20 points scored by UMass, as well as the Minutemen's 21.9 percent (7-for-32) showing from the field, both were season-lows for a Rhody opponent in any half this year.

What's Next
Rhode Island returns to the court Saturday afternoon at Dayton. The game will air on CBSSN and is set to tip at 1 p.m. Fans are invited to George's of Galilee for the fourth Annual Men's Basketball Away Game Viewing Party, presented by Miller Lite. The party starts at 12 p.m., so be sure to stop by for great food, great drinks and great prizes.