Rams Fall Short at College of Charleston, 66-55

Photo Courtesy of College of Charleston Athletics
Photo Courtesy of College of Charleston Athletics

Rhody Starters
Harris, Russell, Langevine, Dowtin, Thompson

College of Charleston Starters
Riller, Galloway, Brantley, Jasper, Harris 

How It Happened
Early shooting woes doomed Rhode Island as the Rams fell 66-55 at College of Charleston Tuesday night.

Rhode Island (1-1) struggled to get its offense going in the first half. The Rams started the game 2-for-19 from the floor and shot just 22.9 percent (8-for-35) overall in the opening 20 minutes. College of Charleston (3-0) was not much better, hitting just 8-of-24 (33.3 percent), but the Cougars lived at the line, going 14-for-16 at the stripe before the break, helping them to a 31-19 lead at the half.

The lead remained in double digits for the first 10:42 of the second half, until Christion Thompson hit a 3-pointer to get the deficit to eight points at 52-44. A Ryan Preston tip-in pulled the Rams within five at 54-49 with 7:01 to go, but that was as close as the score got down the stretch. Despite forcing several turnovers and getting good looks at the basket, Rhode Island could not complete the comeback.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Cyril Langevine had the seventh double-double of his career, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also played a career-high 38 minutes.
  • Junior Jeff Dowtin scored in double digits for the second straight game, scoring 16 points to go with four assists and three rebounds.
  • Freshman Tyrese Martin had seven points and five rebounds off the bench for the second game in a row.
  • Redshirt junior Christion Thompson had six points, four rebounds and three steals.
  • The Ram defense managed to limit College of Charleston's Grant Riller to 14 points, well below his 27.5 points per game average. Riller scored 12 of his points in the second half and also had six assists.
  • College of Charleston was 21-of-27 at the free throw line. Rhode Island was 9-for-16.
  • After hitting 13-of-27 3-pointers in the opener, the Rams struggled from deep Tuesday. Rhody finished the night 2-for-20, including 0-for-13 in the first half.
  • Rhode Island drew five charges on defense. Fatts Russell drew three, and Christion Thompson had two. 

What's Next
Rhody returns to the Ryan Center for three straight home games, starting with Harvard Friday, Nov. 16. Game time is 7:02 p.m.