Posted: Jan 15, 2019
RHODE ISLAND VS. ST. BONAVENTURE - SERIES NOTES
- Wednesday's game will be the 69th all-time between Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure.
- Rhode Island leads the series, 39-29.
- St. Bonaventure won last season's meeting, winning 77-74 in Olean.
- Before that contest, Rhode Island had won three straight and five of six in the series.
- Both teams made the NCAA Championship field last season.
- The Bonnies and Rams rank fourth and fifth in scoring defense in the Atlantic 10, respectively. St. Bonaventure allows 65.9 points per game, while Rhode Island gives up 66.5 points per game.
- St. Bonaventure's Nelson Kaputo is one of the best 3-point shooters in the Atlantic 10. He ranks fourth among all players in the league with a .417 shooting percentage from beyond the arc (25-of-60).
- The Bonnies' Osun Osunniyi leads the conference with 2.4 blocked shots per game. Rhode Island's Cyril Langevine is sixth in the league with 1.3 blocks per game.
- Sunday's game will feature two of the top three players in minutes played in the A-10. St. Bonaventure's Kyle Loften averages 37.3 minutes per contest - tops in the league - while Rhody's Jeff Dowtin plays 35.9 minutes per game.
DOWTIN ONE ASSIST AWAY FROM TOP 10 IN PROGRAM HISTORY
- Junior Jeff Dowtin had four assists in Sunday's loss against George Mason, giving him 321 for his career.
- He needs one more to tie Preston Murphy (1995-99) for 10th place in program history.
- Just ahead of Murphy on Rhode Island's all-time list are Parfait Bitee (331 from 2004-08) and Stan Wright (333 from 1975-78).
- In Sunday's game, Dowtin played 38 minutes without turning the ball over. It was the second time this season and the 12th time in his career he has played 30+ minutes without committing a turnover.
- He currently ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.2.
- Dowtin has led the league in assist-turnover ratio in conference play in each of the last two seasons.
- Rhode Island is 26-4 when Dowtin has five or more assists, including a 4-1 mark this season.
- For his career, Dowtin averages just one turnover for every 24.4 minutes played (97 turnovers in 2,365 minutes.
- The Rams are 49-18 with Dowtin in the starting lineup, and 8-6 with him coming off the bench.
MARTIN GIVING RAMS CONSISTENT SCORING
- Freshman Tyrese Martin has scored in double figures in each of his last three games, averaging 12.7 points per contest since the start of league play.
- Martin will aim for four straight double-digit scoring efforts tonight. The last Rhode Island freshman to score 10 or more points in four straight games was E.C. Matthews, who did so in the last nine consecutive games of the 2013-14 season.
- Martin had a career-high 18-point effort in his first career start at Saint Louis.
- In conference play, Martin is averaging 12.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
- He averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds during non-conference play.
- Over his last five contests, Martin is 8-for-19 (42.1 percent) from beyond the arc. Over the first 10 games of his career, Martin was 5-for-26 (19.2 percent) from 3-point range.
- Martin also is averaging 28.4 minutes per game over the last five contests, as his playing time has gradually increased as the season has moved along.
- Martin had seven rebounds at Richmond, marking the seventh time the guard has had five or more boards.