Rhode Island Comes Up Short Against Davidson, 75-66

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Harris, Russell, Martin, Langevine, Dowtin

Davidson Starters
Gudmundsson, Pritchett, Grady, Frampton, Brajkovic

How It Happened
Rhode Island battled for 40 minutes, but it did not have enough to keep up with Davidson, falling 75-66 Friday night.

The Rams (12-14, 5-9 Atlantic 10) had a much stronger offensive effort, as four players finished in double digits. However, Davidson (20-7, 11-3 A-10) was led by a triple-double from Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. His passing helped the Wildcats shoot 9-for-13 from 3-point range, a big reason the visitors shot 61.1 percent overall.

Though Rhode Island trailed much of the night, the team made things interesting. After falling behind by 16 points in the second half, the Rams closed the gap the 68-60 on a Jeff Dowtin 3-pointer with 2:03 to go. Davidson did not score on its next two possessions, but Rhody was unable to capitalize. The teams traded points in the final minute, and Davidson was able to hold on for the win.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Tyrese Martin led the Rams with 16 points, including an 8-of-10 performance from the free throw line. He grabbed six rebounds, dished out one assist and blocked one shot.
  • The game featured just two blocks - the stop by Martin and a block from Davidson's Luke Frampton.
  • Junior Cyril Langevine recorded his 15th double-double of the season, adding 13 rebounds and 12 points. Eight of Langevine's 13 rebounds were offensive boards.
  • The Rams had a 15-1 advantage over the Wildcats in offensive rebounds, resulting in their 19-0 second chance points.
  • Sophomore Fatts Russell and junior Jeff Dowtin each scored 12 points. Russell added three steals while Dowtin dished out three assists.
  • Redshirt junior Christion Thompson finished with seven points, four rebounds, two steals, and one assist before fouling out.
  • Rhode Island forced Davidson to commit 18 turnovers. The Rams scored 23 points off those miscues.
  • Davidson's Jon Axel Gudmunsson had 20 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds on the night. He was the first player to record a triple-double in the Ryan Center since Delroy James did so March 16, 2011 against Miami (Ohio) (22p/11r/10a).

What's Next
Rhode Island is back at home to host George Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The game will air on Cox YurView, with a 7:02 p.m. tip off.