Harris, Martin, Russell, Dowtin, Langevine
Hunter, Johnson, McClanahan, Harvey Jr, Alatishe
How it Happened
In a back-and-forth contest that had 10 lead changes and 15 ties, Rhode Island outlasted Nicholls 70-65 Tuesday night in the first game of the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic. Fatts Russell led the way for URI (3-1) with a game-high 24 points, six assists, and five steals.
The Rams were closely contested by the visiting Colonels (2-3) throughout the first half. Midway through the first half, Russell exited the game with an apparent injury. He returned shortly after and provided a spark, scoring seven consecutive points during a 10-0 Rhody run that gave the hosts a a 26-21 lead with 4:37 remaining in the first. The half concluded with Russell tossing an alley-oop slammed home by Jacob Toppin to give Rhode Island a 32-28 lead at the break.
The Colonels opened up the second half on a 10-0 run and steadily built their lead grew to as much as seven, 57-50. An 8-0 Rhode Island run put the Rams in front, with Cyril Langevine capping the run on a layup after he rebounded his own missed free throw. A Tyrese Martin 3-pointer, a Langevine and-one and a Martin steal that led to a fast-break layup for Russell helped URI establish a 70-63 lead and secure their third win of the season.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Fatts Russell led all scorers with his 24 points, and he had six of the team's 14 assists.
- Russell added five steals, the third time in his career he has had five or more in a game.
- Russell was 9-for-9 at the free throw line, leading a team effort in which the Rams were 19-of-23 collectively, good for 82.6 percent.
- Rhode Island had a slight 19-18 edge in points off turnovers.
- Senior Cyril Langevine recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds in just 23 minutes. Despite being limited to 23 minutes by foul trouble, he recorded his second double-double of the season.
- Sophomore Jermaine Harris tied his season-high with 10 points. He was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw, grabbed four rebounds and notched one assist and one steal.
- The Colonels came into the game shooting 33.8 percent from 3-point territory. The Rams defense held them to just 21.1 percent.
Rhode Island will travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica to face North Texas in the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.