Harris, Martin, Russell, Dowtin, Langevine
North Texas Starters
Reese, Gibson, Hamlet, Geu, Simmons
How it Happened
A smothering second-half defense and another breakout performance from Fatts Russell sparked Rhode Island to a 60-47 win over North Texas at the Jamaica Classic Friday.
Trailing 27-24 at the half, Rhode Island (4-1) limited North Texas to just 20 points in the second frame. The Mean Green (2-4) shot just 7-of-25 from the floor - including 3-for-16 from beyond the arc - as Rhode Island steadily pulled away.
Russell scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half. The Rams came out of the break hot, making sox of their first eight shots. Better ball movement and shot selection got the offense moving. A Jeff Dowtin jumper gave Rhody a 28-27 lead with 19:04 to go.
Rhode Island never relinquished the lead, go up by as many as 16 en route to its third straight victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Fatts Russell led Rhode Island with 22 points, nine of which came from the perimeter. He also grabbed three rebounds and had three steals.
- It was the third straight 20-point performance for Russell.
- He was 5-for-6 at the free throw line. Rhode Island is now 3-0 this season and 18-2 overall when Russell attempts at least five free throws.
- Sophomore Tyrese Martin registered 15 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal. He had 10 points in the second half.
- Senior Cyril Langevine pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds. He also scored three points, blocked one shot and recorded a steal.
- Senior Jeff Dowtin added 10 points with four rebounds, two assists and one steal.
- Sophomore Dana Tate dished out three assists to go with four points and one steal.
- Sophomore Jermaine Harris added four points, four rebunds and one assist.
- Rhody scored 15 points off 20 Davidson turnovers.
- The Rams also had the advantage in fast break points (11-4) and points int he paint (24-16).
- Dating back to last season, Rhode Island is 10-2 over its last 12 games.
Rhode Island will battle LSU Sunday on the final day of the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic. Game time is 2:30 p.m. on CBSSN.