Rams Run Away From Bryant in Opener, 97-63

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Harris, Russell, Langevine, Dowtin, Thompson

Bryant Starters 
Cardenas, Hawkins, Grant, Kasperzyk Townes

How it happened 
On the night the banners for last year's accomplishments were hung in The Ryan Center rafters, Rhode Island began the David Cox era with a bang, handing Bryant a 97-63 loss in the season opener for both teams. URI dominated throughout, leading the entire game, with its largest lead being 38 points.

The Rams (1-0) came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, opening the game with an 11-0 run. Fatts Russell had eight of the Rhody's first 11 points, and finished the half with a team-high 13. Bryant used a six-point run of their own to get back within five, but Rhody remained in control and closed the period out in style with junior guard Jeff Dowtin hitting a buzzer-beating three-pointer to put the Rams up 49-32.

It was more of the same in the second half, as Rhode Island kept its foot on the gas pedal and shot 54.1 percent (20-for-37) from the floor. The Rams looked strong on both ends of the floor, creating turnovers and using a relentless scoring attack from up-and-down the roster. Rhody pushed its lead to as many as 38 points after a Tyrese Martin layup made it 91-53 with 4:02 to go. The Rams cruised the rest of the way, eventually getting all 14 players into the game and ending their scoring on Will Leviton's first career 3-pointer.

Inside The Box Score 

  • Sophomore guard Fatts Russell set a new career high with a game-best 21 points. He also had three steals, three assists, three rebounds and one blocked shot.
  • Redshirt junior guard Christion Thompson also registered career-highs in both points (14) and 3-pointers made (4). He added seven rebonds and two blocks.
  • Junior guard Jeff Dowtin dished out a game-high nine assists to go with 17 points, seven rebounds, one block and one steal.
  • In his first career start, freshman center Jermaine Harris had a team-high 10 rebounds. He also scored four points, all of which came from the free-throw line.
  • Junior forward Cyril Langevine recorded three of URI's eight blocked shots on the night. He also scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds.
  • Senior forward Ryan Preston came off the bench and set career-highs in both points scored (9) and shots made (4). Defensively, he had one steal and one blocked shot.
  • Freshman guard Tyrese Martin recorded seven points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22:05 on the floor.
  • Freshman forward Dana Tate was 3-for-8 from the floor (6 points) and had three rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench.
  • Senior guard Will Leviton's late-game three pointer marked a new career-high for the Providence, R.I. native.
  • Rhody scored 15 points off turnovers and had 34 points in the paint.
  • The Rams outscored Bryant on the fast break (15-1) and had 33 points from the bench.
  • Rhody shot 48.6% from the floor.
  • The defense held Bryant 33.8% shooting, including 6-for-34 (17.6%) in 3-pointers. Rhode Island also had seven steals and eight blocks. 

What's Next 
Rhody will now have a week off before they travel to play College of Charleston Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.