Rams Fall at Providence, 59-50

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Harris, Russell, Langevine, Dowtin, Thompson

Providence Starters
Duke, Nichols, Jr., Reeves, Diallo, Young

How It Happened
Despite holding Providence to 20 points in the second half, Rhode Island could not overcome its shooting woes, falling 59-50 to the Friars Saturday evening.   

The Rams (3-3) shot just 29.8 percent from the floor – including 2-of-18 from 3-point range, as they struggled to find offensive rhythm. Providence (6-2) was able to build a 12-point advantage by halftime. Shooting 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from the arc and 48.3 from the floor overall, the Friars steadily built their lead.

Rhode Island used its defense to stay in the game after the break, slowly trimming the deficit to seven points on a dunk by Cyril Langevine with 12:35 to go. The Rams – who held Providence to 19 percent shooting in the second half (4-of-21) – caused misses on Providence's next two shots. However, the Rams could not get any closer, as Providence held on down the stretch.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Cyril Langevine continued his strong campaign, registering his fifth straight double-double. He scored a game-high 18 points and added 12 rebounds.
  • Langevine's eighth rebound of the game was the 400th of his career. The forward also made 10-of-14 at the free throw line.
  • Junior Jeff Dowtin was the only other Ram in double figures, contributing 12 points.
  • Freshman Tyrese Martin had a career-high eight points to go with six rebounds off the bench.
  • The Providence bench outscored Rhode Island's, 29-8.
  • The teams combined for 56 free throw attempts. Providence was 18-of-30 at the line, while Rhode Island was 14-of-26. There were 38 free throw attempts in the second half.

What's Next
Rhody is off for a week before traveling to Worcester, Mass. to take on Holy Cross. The game will be played at the DCU Center. Tip time is 1:05 p.m.