Matthews, Dowtin, Robinson, Terrell, Berry
Cunningham, D. Davis, Landers, J. Davis, Crutcher
How It Happened
Rhode Island matched its best offensive output of the season and pulled away late, beating Dayton 88-74 Saturday afternoon at UD Arena. The victory was the 10th in a row for the Rams.
The first half was a wild affair that featured five lead changes and three ties. A 10-2 run by the Rams (15-3, 7-0 Atlantic 10) turned an 11-8 deficit into an 18-13 lead by the 12:56 mark. Shortly after, Dayton (10-10, 3-4 A-10) scored nine unanswered points to pull ahead, 29-24. Rhode Island ended the half hot, making four of its last five field goals to take a 50-43 advantage into the break.
E.C. Matthews gave Rhode Island a double-digit lead with the first basket of the second half, connecting on a 3-pointer that made the score 53-43 just 16 seconds after play resumed. Dayton trimmed the lead to as little as four, but the Rams stormed back. A long-range jumper from Fatts Russell off a Jarvis Garrett assist made the score 69-57 with 9:22 to go. The lead never dipped into single digits again as the Rams cruised to their eighth consecutive road win and 15th in a row against A-10 competition.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Jared Terrell finished with a team-high 24 points. He scored the 1,500th point of his career in the first half.
- Terrell has socred 20 or more points eight time this season. His 24-point performance marked sixth straight game - and the ninth time in the last 10 contests - that either Terrell or E.C. Matthews has registered 20+ points.
- Matthews (17 points/7 rebounds) moved into the top 10 on Rhode Island's all-time scoring list, with 1,686 career points. He passed Will Daniels, who had 1,678 from 2004-08.
- Rhode Island scored 50 points in the first half, marking the fourth time this season the Rams put up at least 50 in a half.
- With Andre Berry and Cyril Langevine in early foul trouble, junior Nicola Akele gave the Rams a huge boost in the first half, scoring nine points and grabbing three rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench. The nine points were a season high.
- Sophomore Jeff Dowtin had 11 points and six assists.
- Senior Jarvis Garrett had seven assists, five points and three rebounds in 20 minutes. He was a plus-19 for the game.
- The 13 combined assists for Dowtin and Garrett were opposite just two turnovers (one each) for the pair.
- Freshman Fatts Russell scored 10 points off the bench, all of which came in the second half.
- Senior Stanford Robinson had eight points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists.
- Rhode Island was a perfect 9-for-9 at the free throw line in the first half and finished the game 15-for-17.
- Dayton was 14-of-17 from the line in the first half, but went to the line just six times in the second half.
- Rhody turned the ball over just 10 times while forcing Dayton into 21 turnovers. It was the fifth time this season a Rhody opponent committed 20 or more miscues.
- Seventeen of RHody's first-half points were the direct result of 12 Dayton turnovers.
- The last team to score 88 points against Dayton at UD Arena was Duquesne, which registered 94 in a double-overtime game on Jan. 5, 2005.
Stats of the Game
- 14 - URI's 14-point victory marked the first time in 15 all-time meetings that the Rams defeat Dayton by double-digits at UD Arena.
- 10 - Rhode Island has won 10 straight games for the first time in 20 years. The last time the Rams won 10 in a row was the Sweet 16 season of 1987-88.
Rhode Island is back on the road for a game at Fordham on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The game is set for a 7 p.m. tip and will stream live on Stadium/Facbook Live.