Turnovers Doom URI In Loss At Richmond Wednesday

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University of Rhode Island Press Release

Rhode Island Starters
Russell, Sheppard, Walker, Martin, Makhel Mitchell

Richmond Starters
Gilyard, Francis, Burton, Cayo, Golden

How it Happened
Too many turnovers cost Rhode Island, as the Rams fell at Richmond, 80-73 Wednesday night.

The Rams (5-6, 2-2 Atlantic 10) gave the ball away on nearly 27 percent of their possessions, committing 19 turnovers in 71 chances with the ball. The result was a 20-8 advantage in points off turnovers for the host Spiders (8-3, 2-1 A-10).

The miscues didn’t hurt Rhody early, as the Rams went into halftime down only 35-34. Jeremy Sheppard hit a 3-pointer to give Rhode Island its first lead of the night on the opening possession of the second half. However, the Rams led for a total of just 43 seconds, as Richmond warmed up from the floor to help maintain a lead for most of the game.

In the second half, the Spiders shot 54.5 percent from the field, including 6-of-9 from long range. The two-headed monster of Jacob Gilyard and Grant Golden combined for 25 second-half points, allowing Richmond to keep URI at arm’s length down the stretch. Gilyard in particular was 4-of-5 from 3-point range after halftime and finished with a game-high 22 points.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Fatts Russell led Rhode Island with 18 points along with six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
  • With his first point of the night, Russell reached 1,400 for his career. By the end of the game, he had passed former teammate Jeff Dowtin for 22nd place in program history. Dowtin had 1,410. Russell is up to 1,417.
  • Redshirt junior Antwan Walker had 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and added eight rebounds.
  • The third Ram in double digits was senior Jeremy Sheppard with 11 points. He was 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
  • The rest of the team combined to go 3-of-10 from the perimeter.
  • Redshirt sophomore Jalen Carey led the Rhody bench with eight points and five rebounds.
  • The URI bench outscored Richmond’s bench, 21-1.
  • Despite the turnovers, Rhode Island continues to be efficient with its overall shooting. The Rams as a team shot 52.7 percent from the floor, the sixth time in 11 games they have shot at a clip of .450 or better.
  • Rhode Island had nine turnovers in the first half, but Richmond only managed six points off the miscues. The 10 second-half turnovers led to 14 points.

Up Next
Rhode Island will stay in Richmond and play at VCU on Saturday, Jan. 9. Game time is 2 p.m. on CBSSN.

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