Rams Knock Off Saint Louis, 65-54

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhode Island Starters
Harris, Russell, Martin, Langevine, Dowtin

Saint Louis Starters
Goodwin, Foreman, Isabell Jr., Bess, French

How it Happened
Rhode Island (12-9, 5-4 Atlantic 10) used a strong defensive effort to grind out a victory over Saint Louis, beating the Billikens 65-54 Saturday.

The Rams limited Saint Louis (14-8, 5-4 A-10) to 20 points in the first half. While the visitors shot better after halftime, Rhode Island made the Billikens work for every point. Javon Bess – who had 24 points in the first meeting of the season – was held to two points by a combination of Rams. Bess was 0-for-6 from the floor. 

Rhode Island maintained a four-point lead for most of the game. Rhody was up 47-43 with 4:54 to go, but a Tyrese Martin 3-pointer followed by a Fatts Russell layup extended the advantage to nine points. Rhode Island led by as many as 12 points as it snapped a two-game losing streak.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Jeff Dowtin scored a team-high 17 points to go with four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. 
  • Freshman Tyrese Martin had his first career double-double, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The 10 boards were a career best.
  • Sophomore Fatts Russell was the third player in double figures, scoring 13 points. He helped ice the game at the free throw line, going 8-for-9 at the stripe.
  • Junior Cyril Langevine had a strong all-around game. He had six points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists. All six of his points came in the final seven minutes.
  • The five blocks and four assists were career bests for Langevine.
  • Freshman Jermaine Harris and redshirt junior Christion Thompson added six and five points, respectively.
  • Rhode Island committed just seven turnovers. It helped the Rams have a 15-3 edge in points off turnovers.
  • The Rams were 17-of-22 at the free throw line.
  • Rhode Island also had 13 assists on its 22 field goals.

Up Next
The Rams are back in action on Wednesday night at Davidson. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.