Rams Blow Past UMass on Senior Night, 94-75

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

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

Massachusetts Starters
Pipkins, Chatman, Baptiste, Pierre, Clergeot

How It Happened

Rhode Island built a 29-point lead by halftime and coasted to its fourth straight victory, beating Massachusetts 94-75 on Senior Day Saturday evening.

The Rams (16-14, 9-9 Atlantic 10) shot a blistering 77.4 percent (24-of-31) from the floor in the opening half, essentially putting the game away early. Fatts Russell had 14 points, Cyril Langevine had 12 and Jeff Dowtin and Ryan Preston had eight points each as the balanced offense produced 54 points before the break.

While UMass (11-19, 4-14 A-10) managed to score 50 in the second half, the Minutemen never truly challenged Rhody's lead. The Rams maintained a double-digit lead throughout, scoring 40 second-half points en route to their highest point total of the season. With the four straight victories, Rhode Island rides its longest winning streak of the year into the Atlantic 10 Championship.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island's 54 first-half points were a season high for any half this season. Similarly, the Rams' 77.4 percent (24-31) first-half field goal percentage was a season-best.
  • The Rams finished the game 68.4 percent from the field, also a season-high for shooting percentage.
  • Rhode Island forced UMass into 17 turnovers and scored 29 points off those miscues. At the opposite end of the court, the Minutemen managed just six points off 10 Rhody turnovers.
  • URI also held the advantage in steals (12-3), fast-break points (25-5) and points in the paint (52-26).
  • Sophomore Fatts Russell registered a game-high 27 points, six steals and five assists.
  • Junior Cyril Langevine finished with 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting. He also had 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals.
  • Junior Jeff Dowtin recorded 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and one steal.
  • Senior Ryan Preston registered a career-high 12 points while adding six rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
  • Redshirt junior Christion Thompson chipped in five points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
  • Prior to the start of the game, Rhody held a brief ceremony to honor seniors Will Leviton and Ryan Preston as well as senior managers Tom Reardon and Syd Armand.
  • Leviton entered the game in the final minutes and made his first shot. The former team manager-turned-scholarship player was carried off the court by his teammates after the game.
  • The win secured Rhode Island's fifth straight winning season. It ties four the fourth-longest stretch of winning seasons in program history.
  • At halftime, the five members of the Rhode Island Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 were introduced at midcourt. This year's inductees are former student-athletes Todd Hemenway (swimming and diving, '89), Bruce Morin (golf, '67), Erin Silvering Grey (cross country/track & field, '02) and Stanley Wright (basketball, '78), as well as longtime track coach and administrator Lauren Anderson.

Up Next
The Rams are back in action on Thursday afternoon, when they open play at the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship in Brooklyn. Rhody will be the No. 8 seed and will take on No. 9 La Salle at noon.