Rhody Surrenders Another 15-Point Lead As Richmond Rallies For Win

University of Rhode Island Press Release

Rhode Island Starters
Sebastian ThomasIshmael LeggettMakhi MitchellMakhel MitchellIshmael El-Amin

George Washington Starters
Jacob Gilyard, Tyler Burton, Nathan Cayo, Andre Gustavson, Grant Golden

How it Happened
Rhode Island ran out of steam in the second half, dropping its second straight contest in a 70-63 loss to Richmond Tuesday night. The visiting Spiders outscored the Rams by 20 points after halftime.

URI (12-6, 3-3 Atlantic 10) controlled the tempo in the opening 20 minutes, outscoring Richmond (13-7, 4-3 A-10) by 13 points. An inspired defensive effort limited the Spiders to 26 points on 10-of-26 shooting. Taking care of the ball (three first-half turnovers), Rhode Island used a balanced attack to steadily build a lead. Ishmael Leggett and Antwan Walker both scored eight points, while Malik Martin (7 points), Makhi Mitchell (6 points), Ishmael El-Amin (6 points) and Makhel Mitchell (4 points) all got into the act.

The scoring slowed considerably after the break, as it was Richmond limiting the URI offense to 10-of-26 from the floor. Veteran point guard Jacob Gilyard scored all 15 of his points in the second half, including shooting 9-of-9 at the free throw line. Tyler Burton added nine points and 10 rebounds, while Grant Golden added eight points as the Spiders were clicking on all cylinders.

Rhode Island had no field goals over the final 5:50. A 3-point basket from Jalen Carey put the Rams ahead 62-55, but Richmond forced URI to miss its final six field goal attempts and turn the ball over twice during a game-ending 15-1 run. Gilyard and Burton combined for 11 of the 15 points during the game-clinching run.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sebastian Thomas made his first career start for the Rams, setting new career highs in both assists (7) and minutes played (38).
  • Antwan Walker led Rhode Island in scoring with 12 points off the bench and a had team-best plus-minus rating of +15.
  • Malik Martin was the only other Ram fo finish with a plus rating at +7. He finished the night with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block.
  • Makhel Mitchell and Ishmael Leggett each added 10 points for the Rams. Mitchell also had four blocks, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal while Leggett added two boards, two assists and one steal.
  • Makhi Mitchell nearly double-doubled with nine points and a team-best 12 rebounds.
  • After struggling at the foul line in their last two games, the Rams connected on 9-of-12 free throw attempts against Richmond.
  • Rhody held a significant edge in blocked shots at 9-1, but the Spiders finished with 16 second-chance points to URI’s six.
  • Richmond also won the battle of the boards 45-36.

Up Next
Rhode Island is back in action on Friday night at Dayton. Tipoff at UD Arena is set for 7 p.m.

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