URI Defeats Johnson & Wales In Final Tune-Up Before Regular Season
University of Rhode Island Press Release
Rhode Island Starters
Jeremy Sheppard, Ishmael Leggett, Makhi Mitchell, Makhel Mitchell, Ishmael El-Amin
Johnson & Wales Starters
Tim Deng, Bobby Fiorito, Josh Zangerle, Justin Bullock, Jonah Phang
How it Happened
Playing in front of fans for the first time in 20 months, Rhode Island rolled to a 109-56 win over Johnson & Wales Thursday night.
The Rams opened the game on a 16-2 run and never looked back. Using its speed and size to an extreme advantage, URI outscored its guests 78-16 in the paint and 36-7 on the fast break. Five players scored in double figures, led by Antwan Walker’s 22 points. Jalen Carey and Makhi Mitchell added 16 each, Sebastian Thomas had 13 and Ileri Ayo-Faleye contributed 11 for the offense.
Rhody’s bench scored 74 points as 11 different players got into the act.
Inside the Box Score
- Redshirt junior Antwan Walker scored a game-high 22 points. He also had five rebounds, one block and one steal.
- Sophomore Makhi Mitchell double-doubled for the Rams, finishing the night with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He also had five assists, three blocks and one steal.
- Redshirt sophomore Jalen Carey also scored 16 points, to go with seven rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.
- Mitchell (12), Walker (12) and Carey (10) all had reached double figured in the scoring column by halftime.
- Graduate student Ishmael El-Amin was in the starting lineup in his first game for the Rams. He finished the night with nine points, three rebounds, four blocks, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes on the floor.
- Freshmen Sebastian Thomas, Abdou Samb, Ileri Ayo-Faleye and Parnell Pierre all made their collegiate debuts in the win.
- Thomas logged 25 minutes on the court and finished the night 13 points, six rebounds, five steals and two assists.
- Ayo-Faleye was the fifth Ram in double figures, netting 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting. He also had seven rebounds, six of which were on the offensive glass.
- Attendance for the game was listed at 4,401. It was the first time the Rams played in front of fans at the Ryan Center since the 2019-20 regular-season finale vs. Dayton – a span of 610 days.
- The Rams had 20 assists on 44 field goals.
- Rhody also turned 22 Johnson & Wales turnovers into 34 points.
Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host Boston University in the first official game of the 2021-22 season, Tuesday night at 7 p.m.