Streak Reaches 12 in a Row as Rams Down Duquesne on Buzzer Beater

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Matthews, Dowtin, Robinson, Terrell, Berry

Duquesne Starters
Brown, Verhoven, Lewis II, Castro-Caneddy, Williams, Jr.

How It Happened
Stanford Robinson hit a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to lift Rhode Island past Duquesne 61-58 Saturday afternoon.

After struggling on offense throughout, the Rams (17-3, 9-0 Atlantic 10) found themselves down 15 points, 38-23, with 16:14 left in regulation. Rhode Island stepped up its defense and chipped away at the lead.

An E.C. Matthews jumper tied the score 45-45 with 6:49 to go. From there, the teams were tied four times. Rhody got ahead by as many as six points following a Matthews 3-pointer, but Duquesne (14-8, 5-4 A-10) came back and tied the game on an Eric Williams, Jr. layup with 28 seconds to go.

On the game's final possession, Jeff Dowtin held the ball for the last shot. He dribbled into the paint and kicked the ball to Robinson in the corner for the game winning shot, which went through the net as the buzzer sounded.

Inside the Box Score

  • The win was Rhode Island's 12th in a row, the longest streak for the program since the 1941-42 season.
  • It was Rhode Island's 17th consecutive victory against Atlantic 10 competition.
  • Senior E.C. Matthews scored a game-high 20 points, his fourth 20-point game of the season.
  • Senior Jared Terrell added 12 points to go with five rebounds and two steals.
  • Senior Jarvis Garrett had eight points and five rebounds. His play off the bench helped change the tempo of play.
  • Rhode Island's defense forced Duquesne into 19 turnovers, which led to 15 points for the Rams.

Stat of the Game
– The 15-point deficit was the largest Rhode Island has come back from this season.

What's Next

Rhode Island heads to Massachusetts on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The game will air on CBSSN, with a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.