By Derek Mancini
Russell, Langevine, Dowtin, Tate, Thompson
Poleon, Wejnert, Gilbertson, Cohen, Jacobs
How It Happened
In the head coaching debut for Rhode Island's David Cox, the Rams cruised to an 80-65 win over Pace Thursday night at the Ryan Center. Rhody got off to a fast start and never looked back, leading Pace the entire game in a full team effort.
URI had a strong first half on both ends of the floor, taking 44-27 lead into halftime thanks in large part to a strong showing from the starting five. Sophomore Fatts Russell shined with a team-leading 14 first-half points, while forward Cyril Langevine was a force down low.
Pace outscored Rhode Island 38-36 in the second half, but it wasn't enough, as they were unable to take the lead away from Rhody.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore Fatts Russell led the team in points (19) and steals (3) while adding five rebounds.
- Junior Jeff Dowtin logged a team-high 37:07 on the floor. He also dished out a game-best six assists while adding 18 points and one steal.
- Junior Cyril Langevine had a team-leading seven rebounds with 16 points and one blocked shot.
- Redshirt junior Christion Thompson earned the start after missing all of last season with an injury. He finished with eight points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot.
- Freshmen Dana Tate, Jermaine Harris, Tyrese Martin, Omar Silverio and Aris Tsourgiannis all made their collegiate debuts in the game.
- Tate had six rebounds and six points in 16:50 on the floor. He was also a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line.
- Harris racked up 10:11 of game time, contributing five rebounds and four points.
- In 21:15 of action, Martin had four points, five rebounds and a pair of assists.
- Rhode Island was 28-for-56 in shooting (50%) and 19-26 at the free throw line (73.1%).
- The Rams capitalized on 11 points off turnovers and 38 points in the paint.
- URI also finished with 14 fast break points while holding Pace to just four.
- The game marked the head coaching debut for David Cox, who spent the previous three seasons as an assistant on former head coach Dan Hurley's staff.
Rhode Island will officially open the 2018-19 season on Tuesday, Nov. 6 when they welcome Bryant to the Ryan Center for the first-ever meeting between the teams. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.