Malik Martin, URI Look Ahead to Emotional Senior Night

Davidson (14-15, 7-10 A-10) at Rhode Island (9-20, 5-12 A-10)
Tip-Off: Saturday, March 4, 9:05 p.m. EST
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Rhode Island and Davidson are playing each other for the 19th time.
The visiting Wildcats lead the all-time series, 10-8.
Last season, URI stunned Davidson, 72-65, in the Ryan Center. At the time, Rhody was on a six-game losing streak while the Wildcats were in first place in the Atlantic 10 and had won 19 of their previous 20 games.
Foster Loyer led Davidson with 20 points in last year’s meeting, while URI’s Jeremy Sheppard scored 23.
Rhode Island is 5-3 when hosting Davidson in the Ryan Center.
Saturday’s game features two of the top free throw shooting teams in the Atlantic 10. Rhode Island leads the conference with a .749 free throw percentage, while Davidson is third in the league at .740.
Rhode Island’s Ishmael Leggett is seventh in the conference with 16.7 points per game, while Davidson’s Foster Loyer is eighth at 16.0 per game.

Four members of Rhode Island’s program will be honored Saturday as part of Senior Day.
Guards Jalen Carey and Malik Martin both spent three seasons with the Rams after transferring to URI from Syracuse and Charlotte, respectively.
Carey has played in 70 games for the Rams and is the team’s best on-ball defender.
As a senior, he has averaged career highs with 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season.
Carey has scored 560 points, grabbed 226 rebounds and recorded 110 assists in his collegiate career.
Martin will play is 85th game for Rhode Island Saturday.
A team captain, he has started every game this year and scored his 1,000th career point earlier in the season.
Over his collegiate career, Martin has 1,098 points, 146 steals, 126 assists and 94 blocked shots.
Student managers Connor Macmorran and John Weigner also will be honored. Both have been with the program for the last four seasons.

Heading into the final day of the Atlantic 10 regular season, Rhode Island will finish either 13th or 14th in the league standings.
The Rams are currently tied with Massachusetts for 13th place with matching 5-12 records in A10 play.
UMass won both meetings this season, giving the Minutemen the tiebreaker.
For the 13th Seed – URI would need to beat Davidson AND have UMass lose to St. Bonaventure.
For the 14th Seed – Any URI loss OR UMass victory would make Rhode Island the 14th seed.
Seeds 10-15 play on the first day of the Atlantic 10 Championship on Tuesday, March 7.
The 13th seed plays No. 12 in the first game of the tournament at 11:30 a.m.
The 14th seed plays No. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in the third game of the day.
Davidson enters the weekend in a three-way tie for 10th place with Richmond and La Salle.
All three teams are a half game behind Saint Joseph’s, which finished the regular season with an 8-10 record.
The Atlantic 10 will announce official tournament seedings and the compete bracket after all competition has been completed Saturday night.

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