URI Breaks Five Game Losing Streak with Blowout of George Washington
Rhode Island snapped a five-game losing streak Tuesday night, defeating George Washington 80-53 at the Ryan Center.
The Rams (13-14, 6-9 A-10) opened by turning in their best offensive first half in over two months. Rhody had five steals in the first six minutes of play and was hot from the perimeter, netting five 3-pointers by the midway point. Jeff Dowtin drained back-to-back shots from long range, capping a 22-10 Rhody run that put the Rams up, 24-16, with 9:56 on the clock. Just over a minute later, Omar Silverio subbed into the game for the first time and scored five straight points to push the lead to 31-20.
The Rams and Colonials traded baskets throughout the remainder of the half and Rhode Island went into the break with a lead (44-31) for the first time in six games.
Rhode Island clamped down defensively in the second half and never let George Washington seriously threaten the lead. The Colonials shot just 24.0 percent from the floor (including 0-for-6 from the 3-point arc). By comparison, Rhode Island hit 51.9 percent of its shots after the break. Cyril Langevine began to control the paint, scoring nine of his 13 points in the second half as the Rams cruised to the victory.
Inside the Box Score
As a team, Rhode Island combined for a season-high 15 steals. The Rams have now had double-digit steals in each of the last four games.
URI also committed just seven turnovers while forcing the Colonials into 19.
Rhody shot 54.2-percent from the field, including a 10-for-21 (47.6%) showing from 3-point territory.
The Rams had the advantage in bench scoring as well, at 24-15.
George Washington led for just 3:37.
Junior Jeff Dowtin's first assist of the night gave him 100 for the second season in a row. With five assists (and zero turnovers) on the night, he now has 362 for his career, ranking him seventh all-time at Rhode Island.
Dowtin also scored a team-high 16 points, 12 of which came from the perimeter.
Junior Cyril Langevine finished with 13 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two assists. He now has 104 blocks for his career, moving him into a tie - with Delroy James (2007-11) - for ninth all time at Rhode Island.
Sophomore Fatts Russell scored 14 points while also adding five assists and four steals.
Redshirt junior Christion Thompson filled the stat sheet with eight points, four assists, four steals and a pair of rebounds.
Freshman Tyrese Martin recorded seven points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Senior Ryan Preston had six points, two rebounds and a steal in eight minutes of action.
George Washington was 0-for-11 from 3-point range.
The Rams will now hit the road for a pair of away games at Dayton (Friday) and Saint Joseph's (Tuesday) before returning home to close out the regular season against Massachusetts on Saturday. Prior to the start of that game, Rhode Island will hold a brief ceremony to honor seniors Will Leviton and Ryan Preston.