Seniors Lead Rhody To Win on Senior Day

An explosive first half paved the way for Rhode Island to knock off Duquesne and end a three-game skid as the Rams beat the Dukes 70-54 Saturday.

The backcourt trio of Ishmael El-Amin, Jeremy Sheppard and Ishmael Leggett combined for 27 first-half points for Rhode Island (14-13, 5-10 Atlantic 10). Rhody harassed the Dukes (6-21, 1-14 A-10) into nine first-half turnovers, helping the Rams to a 9-0 advantage in points off turnover, as well as 13 fastbreak points.

It all contributed to a 19-point lead by halftime, 42-23.

Duquesne opened the second half with a 15-5 run to make things interesting. A Kevin Easley 3-point shot made the score 47-38 with 13:13 to go. Rhode Island responded with a 7-0 spurt of its own that included a pair of baskets by Leggett off of turnovers. The run pushed the advantage back to 16 points.

The Dukes made one final push to get the Rhody lead back to nine again at 63-54, but URI scored the final seven points to secure the victory.

Inside the Box
Ishmael El-Amin scored a season-high 21 points and seven rebounds for the Rams. He also had two steals.
Ishmael Leggett recorded 13 points, two assists and two steals.
Jeremy Sheppard was the final Ram to score in double figures, finishing the afternoon with 11 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Malik Martin led the team with a plus-minus rating of +22. He recorded seven points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Antwan Walker blocked a game-high three shots. He also had five rebounds, four points and one assist.
Jalen Carey had a career-high five steals for Rhode Island.
Sebastian Thomas dished out three assists, scored four points and had one steal and one rebound.
Makhi Mitchell added five points and three rebounds while Makhel Mitchell had two points and four boards.
The Rams scored 22 points off 16 Duquesne turnovers. The Dukes forced Rhody to turn the ball over 11 times but only scored four points off those miscues.
URI outscored Duquesne in the paint 40-16.
Prior to the start of the game, the Rams held a brief ceremony to honor seniors Jeremy Sheppard, Ishmael El-Amin and team manager Brendan Alan.
Up Next
The Rams return to action Wednesday night when they host Saint Louis at 7 p.m.

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