Thomas Leads Rams With Double-Double, URI Defeats Stony Brook For First Win of Miller Era

University of Rhode Island Press Release

Rhode Island Starters
Samb, Thomas, Leggett, Martin, Tchikou

Stony Brook Starters
Policelli, Onyekonwu, Sarvan, Fitzmorris, Stephenson-Moore

How It Happened
Rhode Island took care of the basketball and picked up its first win of the season by defeating Stony Brook 74-64 Tuesday night.

The Rams (1-2) spaced the floor and shared the ball offensively, as strong outings from Ishmael LeggettSebastian Thomas and freshman Louis Hutchinson vaulted Rhode Island to its first win of the Archie Miller era.

A relatively entertaining first half of play saw the Rams and the Seawolves (1-2) exchange bucket after bucket. Leggett led the way for URI, scoring 11 of his game-high 18 points in the first half. With time expiring, The Rams shot 48.3 percent from the floor while also limiting the visitors to 1-for-17 from 3-point range. As the half came to a close, Rhody forward Abdou Samb grabbed an offensive rebound and was able to beat the clock with layup, sending the Rams into halftime with a 34-30 lead.

The second half started strong for the Rams. Malik Martin hit a pair of 3-pointers and another long ball from Hutchinson ignited the Rams offense early on, as URI built a 43-32 lead by the 16-minute mark. An old-fashioned three-point play by Hutchinson gave the Rams their biggest lead of the night as 46-34 with 12:34 remaining.

Stony Brook did not go away quietly, twice cutting the lead to three points. However, Rhode Island never relinquished the lead and eventually pulled away down the stretch. Thomas scored six of his career-high 13 points over the final three minutes to help the Rams ice the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island showed significant improvement in taking care of the basketball, committing just 10 turnovers. The Rams had just two turnovers in the second half.
  • URI had 18 assists on its 25 field goals, as solid ball movement helped the Rams shoot 43.9 percent from the field.
  • By comparison, Stony Brook shot just 37.0 percent as a team, including just 17.2 percent (5-for-29) from the arc.
  • Sophomore Ishmael Leggett led Rhode Island with 18 points to go with nine rebounds and five assists. He has led URI in scoring in each of the first three games.
  • Freshman Louis Hutchinson had his best career performance, scoring 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. He added three rebounds and was 2-for-3 from the arc.
  • Sophomore Sebastian Thomas picked up his first career double-double, finishing with career highs in points (13) and assists (10).
  • Thomas was one assist shy of the Ryan Center record of 11, set by Dustin Hellenga against New Hampshire in the 2003-04 season.
  • Senior Malik Martin was the fourth Ram in double figures with 12 points to go with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. He also hit three 3-point shots.
  • Forward Abdou Samb picked up eight points with seven rebounds. From the line, he went 2-for-2 and picked up the only block for the Rams.
  • Rhode Island had a 40-29 edge on the boards.

What’s Next
Rhode Island heads to the Cayman Islands Classic next week. The Rams open the tournament against Kansas State Monday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.


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