Rams Fall at No. 7/8 Maryland, 73-55

Rams Fall at No. 7/8 Maryland, 73-55

Rhody Starters
Harris, Martin, Russell, Dowtin, Langevine

Maryland Starters
Cowan, Wiggins, Morsell, Mitchell, Smith

How it Happened
A fast start had Rhode Island in front of No. 7/8 Maryland early, but shooting woes in the second half hurt the Rams in a 73-55 loss Saturday night.

Rhode Island (1-1) built a double-digit lead early, going up by as many as 12 points following an and-1 by Cyril Langevine. The hoop-and-harm put URI ahead 24-12 with 8:18 of the first half. The Rams used their defense to force 14 first-half turnovers by Maryland, getting the hosts out of sync.

The Terps (2-0) closed the half with 23 points over the final 7:47, taking their first lead at 30-28 on a 3-point shot from Donta Scott just 1:22 before the break. Maryland took a 35-32 lead into halftime.

A 3-point basket by Tyrese Martin to open the second half tied the score for the Rams. However, Maryland used a 22-7 spurt to open a 15-point lead. Rhode Island shot 7-of-34 from the floor and 5-of-12 at the line in the second half. While Maryland didn't find much flow offensively (11-of-29 from the floor, 1-of-9 from 3-point range), it was 15-for-20 at the free throw line. The Terps' ability to get to the line and convert helped them steadily pull away and secure the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Jermaine Harris had one of his strongest games as a Ram, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds in 22 minutes. He had three of Rhode Island's 20 offensive rebounds.
  • Senior Jeff Dowtin scored a game-high 14 points and had two steals.
  • Junior Tyrese Martin had nine points while shooting 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He was limited by foul trouble. Two quick fouls limited him to six minutes in the first half and 22 minutes total.
  • Senior Cyril Langevine again was a monster on the boards, grabbing 17. Of those, nine came on the offensive glass. He has had at least 15 boards in both games this season.
  • Eight of the nine players who saw action in the first half scored for Rhody.
  • Rhode Island's defense forced 14 turnovers in the first half, including 10 in the first 10 minutes. Maryland finished the game with 17 miscues.
  • After shooting 5-of-10 from the arc in the first half, Maryland was just 1-for-9 after halftime.

What's Next
The Rams are off for a week until they host Alabama on Friday, Nov. 15. The game will be on NBCSN, with a 7 p.m. start.