Russell's Late Three, Preston's Block as Time Expires Helps Rhody Hold On to Win over Harvard
Down by one with seconds left in the game, Fatts Russell drained a 3-pointer that rewarded Rhode Island (2-1) with a 76-74 win over Harvard (2-2) at the Ryan Center Friday night.
It was back and forth between the Rams and the Crimson for most of the first half with the lead changing seven times throughout. Jeff Dowtin led the Rhody attack with 14 first-half points, contributing to the Rams' best scoring run of seven.
A 12-2 run gave Harvard its first substantial lead of the game, but Dana Tate got the Ryan Center rocking with a block that set up Fatts Russell's 3-pointer in the corner to cut Harvard's lead to one point. Rhode Island took a 41-35 advantage into the halftime break.
The Crimson began the second half hitting six of their first eight shots and took a 48-47 lead. The Rams battled back, earning their first lead of the second half after a two-handed dunk by Cyril Langevine.
With less than two minutes left, Harvard held a three-point advantage over the Rams. Jeff Dowtin knocked down a free throw and added a 3-pointer to give Rhode Island a 73-72 lead. Harvard regained possession after the go-ahead 3-pointer by Fatts Russell with just under four seconds left, but Noah Kirkwood's final attempt to grab a Crimson win was blocked by Ryan Preston, securing the win.
In a game that saw 21 lead changes and nine ties, the Rams closed out the night with their second home win of the season.
Inside the Box Score
Junior Jeff Dowtin had a career-high 31 points along with two steals and one block.
Sophomore Fatts Russell dished out a career-best five assists in a career-high 38 minutes. He finished the game with 20 points, three steals and four rebounds.
Russell's eight free throws marked a career-high in both makes and attempts.
Junior Cyril Langevine had his second double-double of the season, tallying 13 points and 10 rebounds. Langevine also finished the game with a steal and a block.
Redshirt junior Christion Thompson finished the game with eight points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists.
While both teams shot better than 80 percent at the free throw line, Rhode Island had more production going 17-of-21. Harvard was 12-of-15.
The Rams shot 45 percent (27-of-60) from the floor.
Rhody held a 24-11 advantage in points off of turnovers. The Rams forced 21 turnovers and had 11 steals.
The Rams will return to the Ryan Center in one week on Saturday, Nov. 24 to take on Stony Brook at 2 p.m.