Rams Hold Off Davidson to Win, 71-62

Rams Hold Off Davidson to Win, 71-62

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Ward, Bullard, Lewis

Davidson Starters
Timpton, Early, Long, Dukes, Latt

How It Happened
Rhode Island held off a late Davidson rush to defeat the Atlantic 10 newcomer 71-62 Sunday afternoon.

The Rams (10-5, 2-1 A-10) began the second half on a surge that led to an 18-point lead. Davidson (4-12, 0-3 A-10) got as close as seven points in the final minutes, but Rhody held off the rally. The Rams were 11-for-12 at the free throw line in the final 1:28 to help maintain their advantage.  

Rhode Island started to take control late in the first half. Trailing 20-17 with 6:55 left in the first half, Rhody exploded on a 13-2 run. Tyler Raysor started the run with a basket in the paint, followed by an old-fashioned 3-point play from classmate Charise Wilson. Junior Brianna Thomas and Wilson sandwiched 3-point baskets around a jumper from Dominique Ward to cap the run.

The victory was Rhode Island's first road win in conference play since Jan. 9, 2010, snapping a streak of 35 road losses in A-10 action.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Charise Wilson finished with 22 points, extending her streak of double-digit scoring to 14 straight games. It was her fifth career game with 20 or more points. Wilson made five 3-point shots, was 5-of-5 at the line and had four steals.
  • Junior Symone Bullard scored 17 points and now has 70 points in her last five games. She had 53 points in her first 10 games.
  • Bullard was 9-for-10 at the free throw line and had three steals. 
  • Also scoring in double digits was junior Tayra Melendez, who had 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Melendez was 5-of-6 at the line.
  • Freshman Tyler Raysor saw her most extensive action, setting career highs with four points, four rebounds and eight minutes played.
  • Senior Teneka Whittaker played the 100th game of her career. She is the active leader for Rhode Island.
  • Rhode Island now has 10 wins for the first time since the 2008-09 season, when it finished 10-21.
  • Rhode Island forced Davidson into 20 turnovers and had a 17-11 advantage in points off turnovers.

Stat of the Game
1,828 – It had been 1,828 days in between road conference victories for Rhode Island.

What's Next
Rhode Island is back in action Thursday, Jan. 15 when it hosts George Washington at 7 p.m.