Rhode Island Starters
Harris, Russell, Martin, Langevine, Dowtin
Cunningham, Toppin, Davis, Crutcher, Mikesell
How it Happened
Rhode Island suffered its worst loss of the season Saturday afternoon, falling to visiting Dayton 77-48 at the Ryan Center. The Rams - who did not lead at any point in the game - have now dropped four of their last five contests.
Rhode Island (12-11, 5-6 A-10) got off to a slow start, missing its first eight attempts from the field while allowing Dayton to build a 12-0 lead. The Flyers pushed it to 25-6 with 11:12 left in the half, forcing head coach David Cox to call his second time out less than 10 minutes into the game.
Dayton (16-8, 8-3 A-10) went on to take its largest lead of the half (21 points) when Dwayne Cohill beat Cyril Langevine to the rim to make it a 37-16 game. Rhode Island closed the period on an 11-4 run however, closing the gap to 14 before the break. Langevine scored four points as part of the late push, while Dana Tate drained a shot from behind the arc and both Christion Thompson and Jeff Dowtin connected on a pair of free throws.
The Rams trimmed the deficit to 12 early in the second half, as a Tyrese Martin 3-ball, followed by a Jermaine Harris layup, made the score 44-32 with 16:17 remaining. The Flyers responded with a 12-2 run however, regaining control and never letting their lead dip below 19, en route to the 77-48 victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Cyril Langevine led all players with 23 points and 10 rebounds, posting his 18th career double-double and 12th of the season. The 23-point performance put him one off his career-high (24) which came last week at Duquesne.
- Langevine was the lone Ram to score in double figures and the only player in the game to grab 10 or more rebounds.
- Junior Jeff Dowtin registered seven points, six rebounds and a career-high three blocks. He also dished out six assists with zero turnovers. It is the third time this season he played 38 minutes without turning the ball over.
- Freshman Tyrese Martin finished with six points, four rebounds and a pair of steals.
- Sophomore Fatts Russell dished out four assists, marking his 13th game this season with four-or-more helpers.
- The 41-27 first-half deficit marked just the second time this season the Rams allowed more than 40 points in the first half. The only other time Rhody gave up 40+ points through the first 20 minutes of play was against West Virginia, when the Rams led 45-43 at the break.
- Dayton outscored Rhode Island in the paint, 46-24.
- The Flyers also held the advantage in rebounding (37-25), fast break points (12-4) and second-chance points (12-8).
- For the game, UD connected on 66.3 percent (31-49) of its shots as four different players - Jalen Crutcher (20), Obi Toppin (19), Josh Cummingham (13) and Jordan Davis (12) - each finished in double figures.
- It was the worst defensive showing of the season for the Rams, who combined that with their worst offensive performance (16-54 FG; 29.6%).
- Official attendance for the game was 7259, making it Rhody's best-attended home game so far this season.
The Rams remain at home and will be back in action next Saturday, when they host Fordham at 2 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on NBC Sports.