Saint Louis Takes Down URI, Puts Rams NCAA Hopes In Danger
University of Rhode Island Press Release
RHODE ISLAND (20-8, 12-4 A-10 )
Starters: Harris, Martin, Russell, Dowtin, Langevine
Substitutes: Walker, Toppin, Long
SAINT LOUIS (21-8, 10-6 A-10 )
Starters: Collins, Jacobs, Goodwin, French, Bell Jr.
Substitutes: Perkins, Hargrove, Weaver
How it Happened
Saint Louis scored the first 11 points of the game and never relinquished the lead, defeating Rhode Island, 72-62, Sunday afternoon.
Neither side was particularly sharp in the first half, but the visiting Billikens were able to pound the paint enough to build a 26-19 lead by the break. Saint Louis was 12-of-26 from the floor (46.2 percent), led by forward Hasahn French, who had eight points and nine boards at the half. Rhode Island forced nine Saint Louis turnovers, but URI was unable to take advantage, converting the turnovers into just three points.
In the second half, the Saint Louis lead increased to as many as 16 points (39-23), but Rhody was able to cut the deficit to four points. Jeff Dowtin hit a layup and then a 3-point basket to pull the Rams within 47-43 with just over eight minutes to go. However, Saint Louis responded with an 8-2 spurt over the next 1:42 to get its lead back to 10 points. Rhody continued to chip away and got it down to five points following a pair of Fatts Russell free throws that made the score 55-50 with 5:34 remaining, but that was as close as the Rams got.
Inside the Box Score
- Rhode Island legend Cuttino Mobley attended the game and sat courtside.
- Junior Fatts Russell set a Rhode Island single-game record with eight steals. There had been seven previous instances of seven-steal games by URI players, including one by Russell earlier this year.
- Russell also finished with 17 points – including 10 in the final 5:51 – and six assists.
- Senior Cyril Langevine finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, posting his ninth double-double of the season and 32nd of his career.
- Langevine – who played all 40 minutes this afternoon – also blocked four shots.
- Senior Jeff Dowtin and sophomore Tyrese Martin each provided 11 points.
- Rhode Island’s defense forced 17 total turnovers.
- Saint Louis controlled the glass, outrebounding URI, 44-26.
- The Billikens scored 30 points in the paint.
Rhode Island will be back in action on Wednesday at the Ryan Center against No. 4 Dayton. Before the game, seniors Eric Dadika, Jeff Dowtin, Jordan Green and Cyril Langevine. will be honored. Tip time on CBSSN is 9 p.m.