Cothran Scores 17 points as Rhode Island Falls at St. Bonaventure

Cothran Scores 17 points as Rhode Island Falls at St. Bonaventure

Feb. 27, 2010

Box Score

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. -- Keith Cothran led all scorers as Rhode Island dropped an 81-74 decision at St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon.

The senior guard connected on 7-of-14 from the floor - including 3-of-8 from beyond the arc - to lead four Rams (20-7; 8-6 A-10) in double figures.

URI began the game with a hot hand offensively, knocking down three 3-pointers in the first 5:37 en route to taking a 17-8 lead. But St. Bonaventure rallied back with 14 unanswered points, starting a 24-4 run over the next 7:47. The Bonnies would extend its lead to as many as 14 (39-25) and took a 44-34 advantage into the halftime break.

Rhody's offense rallied in the second half, beginning the period on a 13-4 push, capped by a Will Martell traditional three-point play. The 7-footer's free throw made it 48-47 with just under 17 minutes left in regulation.

A 3-pointer in the deep right corner from Akeem Richmond tied the ballgame at 57-57 with 10:29 to play, but that was as close as the Rams would get the rest of the way.

Rhody trailed by one - 71-70 - after a Cothran layup with 2:14 remaining. But again, URI would go cold down the stretch, missing six of its last seven attempts from the floor.

Martell and Marquis Jones each had 12 points, while Lamonte Ulmer added 11 points and team-highs with eight rebounds and four assists.

As a team, URI shot 43.1% (25-58) from the floor, including 8-of-27 from the outside. The Rams were 16-of-24 from the foul line and were outrebounded, 35-28.

Rhode Island returns to action on Wednesday, March 3 when it hosts Charlotte in the final home game of the 2009-10 regular season. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and it is also Senior Day. Keith Cothran and Lamonte Ulmer will be honored in a pre-game ceremony at the Thomas M. Ryan Center.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to the Ryan Center, as the Senior Day ceremony will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.