Posted: Feb 01, 2019
RHODE ISLAND VS. SAINT LOUIS - SERIES NOTES
- Saturday's game will be the 20th meeting between the Rams and Saint Louis.
- Rhode Island leads the series, 12-7.
- The Rams are 5-2 at the Ryan Center against the Billikens.
- This is the first visit to Kingston for Saint Louis since Jan. 2, 2016, an 85-57 victory for Rhode Island.
- This is the second meeting between the teams this season. Saint Louis won, 70-63, in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams on Jan. 6. The Billikens ended that game on a 23-10 run as Javon Bess scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the final 11 minutes of the game.
- Rhode Island played the first meeting with Saint Louis without guard Fatts Russell, who missed the game while recovering from a concussion.
- Freshman Tyrese Martin made his first career start at Saint Louis and responded with 18 points and six rebounds.
- Both teams come into the weekend on two-game losing streaks. Saint Louis lost at home to Davidson and Richmond, while Rhode Island dropped road contests at Massachusetts and Duquesne.
- Rhode Island forward Cyril Langevine and Saint Louis forward Hasahn French are the league's top two rebounders. Langevine averages 9.7 rebounds per game, while French grabs 8.4 per game.
- Both teams have two players among the top 10 in the Atlantic 10 in steals. Saint Louis sophomore Jordan Goodwin is third in the league with 2.2 per game, while senior Javon Bess is 10th with 1.6 per game. For Rhode Island, junior Jeff Dowtin is seventh with 1.7 per game, while sophomore Fatts Russell is one spot behind him with 1.6 per game.
- Saint Louis leads the conference with 8.1 steals per game. Rhode Island ranks fifth with 7.5 per contest.
LANGEVINE COMING OFF OF CAREER OFFENSIVE NIGHT
- Junior Cyril Langevine set a career high with 24 points Wednesday at Duquesne.
- He also set new personal bests with 10 field goals made and 16 field goal attempts.
- It was the second career 20-point performance for Langevine. He had 20 points against Bucknell in the opening game of the Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 22.
- Langevine has scored in double figures in six consecutive games, and 16 times overall in 20 games this season.
- He entered the season having scored 10 or more points 10 times in 66 games over his first two years.
- Langevine has more than doubled his scoring average this season, putting up 14.4 points per game.
- He averaged 6.1 points as a sophomore and 3.2 points during his freshman season.
- In his first two seasons combined, Langevine scored 303 total points. He needs just 16 points to match that total this season, as he enters Saturday's game with 287 points on the year.
- Langevine ranks eighth in the conference in field goal percentage at .540.
STEALING THE SHOW
- Rhode Island's defense averages 7.5 steals per game, good for fifth in the Atlantic 10 and 81st in the country.
- Junior Jeff Dowtin ranks seventh in the league with 1.7 per game.
- Over his last 12 games, Dowtin has 27 steals, an average of 2.25 per game.
- With 83 career steals, he is Rhode Island's active leader. He needs 17 more to reach 100.
- Sophomore Fatts Russell is eighth in the Atlantic 10 with 1.6 per game.
- He has five games this season with four or more steals.
- Rhode Island is 5-0 in those games.
- Redshirt junior Christion Thompson is 11th in the league with 1.5 per game.
- The trio has combined for 95 of Rhode Island's 150 steals.
- Dowtin leads the team with 34, while Russell has 31 and Thompson has 30.
- Russell and Thompson have also created 25 additional turnovers by drawing charges on defense.
- Freshman Tyrese Martin has seven over his last four games. He had eight steals total in his first 16 games.