A 16-point second half performance from Jared Terrell helped lead Rhode Island (7-3) past Iona, 80-74, Thursday night.
With the Rams up 61-60 with 5:19 to go, the senior guard hit a mid-range jumper above the free throw line to push the lead three. On the ensuing possession, E.C. Matthews blocked a shot, which led to a Terrell fastbreak layup to extend the Ram lead to five. With 3:03 remaining, Terrell continued his dominant second half with another good jumper followed by a contested layup to give Rhode its largest lead of the half, 71-64.
Two free throws from Matthews pushed the Rhode Island advantage to 76-66 with 54 seconds remaining. Back-to-back layups for Iona (6-6) helped cut the lead deficit to four moments later, but two free throws by Terrell sealed the game and the Rhode Island victory.
Inside the Box Score
Senior Jared Terrell registered a team-high 23 points along with four rebounds and three steals. He shot 8-of-17 from the floor and 2-for-5 from 3-point range. Redshirt senior Stanford Robinson posted his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jeff Dowtin ended up with 11 points on 5-for-11 shooting along with six assists and five rebounds. Dowtin has two turnovers or less in all 10 games played this season. Senior forward Andre Berry scored an efficient eight points in just 10 minutes on 3-of-4 shooting. He also had three rebounds and converted both of his free throw attempts. Senior Jarvis Garrett scored seven points, corralled a season-high five rebounds and dished out three assists. Redshirt senior guard E.C. Matthews finished with six points in his second game back from injury. He finished 4-of-4 from the free line. Junior Nicola Akele had three offensive rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench. In nine games this season, he has a team-high 16 offensive boards. Rhode Island converted on 20 of their 28 free throw attempts. The victory was Rhode Island's first this season when the team trailed at halftime. The Rams forced 14 Iona turnovers. Rhode Island has now forced their opponents to commit 14 or more turnovers in eight of its 10 games. With the win, Rhode Island is now 25-2 in con-conference home games since the 2014-15 season. Stat of the Game 18 - The Rams pulled in 18 offensive rebounds, tying a season high.
What's Next The Rams are back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 27 for the third game of a five-game home stretch when they welcome Florida Gulf Coast to the Ryan Center. Tip-off is set for 7:01 p.m.