Bonnies Edge Rhody in Battle, 77-74; Streak Ends at 16 Games

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Matthews, Dowtin, Robinson, Terrell, Berry

St. Bonaventure Starters
Taqqee, Mobley, Adams, Stockard, Ikpeze

How It Happened

St. Bonaventure rallied from a late six-point deficit to end Rhode Island's 16-game winning streak, handing the Rams (21-4, 13-1 Atlantic 10) a 77-74 loss in an intense, tournament caliber game Friday night.

The game was tight throughout, with 21 lead changes and 13  ties. The score was 10-10 by the first media timeout at 15:59. At the next media timeout, the score was again tied, 16-16, with 11:18 left in the half.

Neither team got separation by the third media break. The score was again tied at 20-20 when the teams went to the benches with 7:52 left in the half. Jared Terrell scored eight straight points for the Rams to give Rhody a 31-29 edge at the final media timeout of the half, which came with 3:13 of the first. It was the Bonnies taking a slim 37-36 lead into the half, as St. Bonaventure (20-6, 10-4 A-10) scored the final five points of the period.

The back-and-forth play continued through the second half until E.C. Matthews heated up. He scored 14 points in the first 12 minutes of the second half, including a four-point play. His spurt helped give Rhody its biggest lead of the night at 67-61 with 7:43 to go. St. Bonaventure responded with a 10-5 run, pulling within 72-71 on a layup by LaDarian Griffin with 1:50 to go.

Griffin hit a pair of free throws with 56 seconds left to give the Bonnies a 73-72 lead. Cyril Langevine got fouled on Rhody's next possession and made both free throws and put the Rams back up, 74-73, with 38 seconds to go. A Griffin dunk with 21.5 seconds left put St. Bonaventure back up, 75-74.

Jeff Dowtin was fouled with 18 seconds to go, but he missed the front end of the 1-and-1, forcing the Rams to foul Matt Mobley with 14 seconds left. Mobley missed the first and made the second to make the score 76-74 with 14 seconds to go. Rhode Island called its final timeout with 10.1 seconds remaining. Off the timeout, Terrell drove to the basket but did not get a call. Mobley hit one free throw to extend the lead to three. A last attempt from beyond the arc for Terrell came up short and gave St. Bonaventure the win.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Jared Terrell finished with 23 points, including 17 in the first half. It was the 11th time this season Terrell has scored 20 or more points.
  • Terrell matched his career high with five 3-point baskets.
  • Redshirt senior E.C. Matthews scored 14 points, all of which came in the second half. Matthews moved into a tie for fifth place in program history with Jimmy Baron (2005-09) at 1,765 points.
  • Sophomore Cyril Langevine had his third double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He also blocked three shots.
  • It was his sixth game with double-digit rebounds, and his fourth straight game scoring in double figures.
  • Senior Jarvis Garrett scored eight points and had four rebounds off the bench.
  • There were 13 lead changes and eight ties in the first half. The second half saw eight lead changes and five ties.
  • Rhode Island had a season-high 17 turnovers, helping St. Bonaventure to an 18-7 edge in points off turnovers.

Stat of the Game
– St. Bonaventure players Jaylen Adams, Matt Mobley and Courtney Stockard all played all 40 minutes. The trio combined for 49 of the Bonnies' 77 points.

What's Next

Rhode Island is back on the road when it travels to La Salle Tuesday, Feb. 20. The game will air on CBSSN at 7 p.m.