Russell Leads Rhode Island To OT Win Over Saint Joseph’s

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University of Rhode Island Press Release

Rhode Island Starters
Russell, Sheppard, Walker, Martin, Makhel Mitchell

Saint Joseph’s Starters
Bishop, Brown, Hall, Forrest, Griffith

How it Happened
Rhode Island withstood a challenge from Saint Joseph’s, winning in overtime, 85-77, to win its second straight Atlantic 10 game Sunday.

The Rams trailed, 70-67, with eight seconds left in regulation. Guard Fatts Russell drove the length of the court and drew a foul while attempting a 3-pointer. The senior sank all three at the line to set up overtime.

Sophomore Makhel Mitchell won the tip to begin overtime, and junior Jalen Carey took the ball in for a layup for the quick score. Rhode Island (5-5, 2-1 Atlantic 10) never relinquished the lead, scoring on its first five possessions of overtime to build an 80-74 lead following a Jeremy Sheppard jumper in the lane.

Saint Joseph’s (0-7, 0-2 A-10) hit a 3-pointer by Jack Forrest, but redshirt junior D.J. Johnson responded with a 3-pointer of his own from the top of the key, getting the lead back to six points. A pair of Russell free throws sealed the second straight league victory for the Rams.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island had 53 rebounds, the first time the team topped 50 boards since it had 51 against Western Kentucky on Dec. 21, 2019. It was the most rebounds for URI since the Rams had 54 against Bryant Nov. 6, 2018.
  • Sophomore Makhel Mitchell set a career high with 15 points and matched his career best with eight rebounds. It was his third double-digit scoring effort of the season.
  • Senior Fatts Russell flirted with a triple-double, scoring 20 points to go with eight rebounds and eight assists. He also had five steals. The rebounds, assists and steals were all season highs.
  • Russell was 10-of-10 at the free throw line, his second game this season with 10 in one game. He was 11-for-11 in the victory over San Francisco on Nov. 29.
  • It was Russell’s third 20-point game of the season.
  • With the five steals, Russell moved into third place in program history with 192 career steals. He passed Tom Garrick, who had 189 from 1985-88.
  • Redshirt junior D.J. Johnson had his third double-digit game of the season, scoring 11 points.
  • Junior Allen Betrand had a season-high nine points to go with three rebounds and one assist.
  • The bench contributed 30 points, as redshirt sophomore Jalen Carey added six points to go with five rebounds and two blocks.
  • Junior Malik Martin had seven points while matching his career high with eight rebounds.
  • David Cox improved to 4-0 in his career against Saint Joseph’s. Overall Rhode Island had beaten the Hawks five straight times, the longest win streak against St. Joe’s since a seven-game string from 1987-90.
  • Rhode Island had a 53-39 edge in rebounds and a 29-6 advantage in fast-break points.

Up Next
Rhode Island heads to Virginia for a game at Richmond Wednesday, Jan. 6. Game time is 6 p.m. and it will air on NBCSN.

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