Rams Drop Diamond Head Finale, 68-60, to Hawaii

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Harris, Russell, Langevine, Dowtin, Thompson

Hawaii Starters
Buggs, Stansberry, Purchase, Raimo, Avea

How It Happened
After a strong first half, Rhode Island's shooting tailed off late as the Rams fell 68-60 to Hawaii on the final day of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu Tuesday.

In a game that featured 17 lead changes, it was Hawaii (8-5) that pulled away down the stretch. The Fighting Rainbows led by three points following a free throw by Brocke Stepteau with 7:41 to go. Rhode Island (6-5) responded with a 5-0 run on a layup from Cyril Langevine and a 3-pointer from Jeff Dowtin to take a 51-49 lead with 6:42 left.

That was the last lead for the Rams, as Hawaii used a 10-2 run to establish a six-point advantage heading into the final media timeout. A Dowtin 3-pointer and a Christion Thompson put back helped Rhody get within two points at 60-58, but that was as close as the Rams got, as they fell in the fifth/sixth place game of the tournament.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Cyril Langevine had his second double-double of the tournament, and his eighth of the season. He finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Junior Jeff Dowtin had a team-high 17 points to go with two assists, one block and one steal.
  • Sophomore Fatts Russell had 10 points and a career-high seven assists. For the tournament he averaged 18.7 points and 5.0 assists.
  • Freshman Tyrese Martin had six points and a career-high six rebounds. All six points came during a stretch in the first half in which he scored six consecutive points.
  • After shooting 46.4 percent (13-of-28) from the floor in the first half, Rhode Island made 34.3 percent (11-of-32) after the break.
  • Hawaii did not attempt a free throw in the opening 20 minutes. It was 13-of-18 in the second half.

What's Next
Rhody returns to the Ryan Center for the first time in more than a month when it hosts Middle Tennessee in the final non-conference game of the regular season on Sunday, Dec. 30. Tip time is 5 p.m.