Fatts Russell’s Big Day Not Enough vs George Washington, URI Guaranteed Losing Regular Season
In a game of runs, a late surge by George Washington was the difference as Rhode Island lost, 78-70, Sunday.
Rhode Island (10-13, 7-9 Atlantic 10) led by five points, 68-63, following an Ishmael Leggett 3-point shot with 5:20 to go. From there, George Washington (4-10, 3-3 A-10) ended the game on a 15-2 run.
The duo of James Bishop and Jamison Battle – who combined for 54 points – carried the Colonials. A Battle 3-pointer started the key run. Noel Brown hit a layup to tie the game with 3:29 to go, and a Brown free throw put GW up by one point.
Bishop and Battle then scored the next seven points, as George Washington pulled away. By the time Fatts Russell hit a layup for the Rams with 18 seconds remaining, it was too, too late.
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George Washington was playing for the first time in 35 days after having eight straight games canceled by COVID-related issues.
James Bishop had 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting, and Jamison Battled has 26 points on 9-of-15 from the field. The duo combined for seven 3-points baskets and were 11-of-15 at the line.
Their performance ruined one of the best games of URI senior Fatts Russell’s career. Russell just missed a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
There has only been one triple-double in program history. Delroy James had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Miami (Ohio) on March 16, 2011.
Freshman Ishmael Leggett continued his strong play, scoring 16 points to go with four rebounds and two steals.
Sophomore Makhel Mitchell had 14 points, eight boards and two blocked shots.
Senior Jeremy Sheppard gave URI a fourth double-digit scorer, contributing 10 points.
Rhode Island had a 19-6 edge in fastbreak points, but GW had a 8-5 edge in 3-point baskets and a 16-11 edge in free throws.
George Washington outrebounded the Rams 34-32, the first A-10 team to outrebound URI since Richmond in the conference opener on Dec. 18.
Rhode Island finishes the regular season at Duquesne on Saturday, Feb. 27. The game will be played in the newly-renovated UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse and will stream on ESPN+.