Feb. 27, 2010
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.
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.