URI Downs San Francisco Sunday For Second Straight Win
University of Rhode Island Press Release
Rhode Island Starters
Fatts Russell, Jeremy Sheppard, Antwan Walker, Malik Martin, Makhel Mitchell
San Francisco Starters
Khalil Shabazz, Jamaree Bouyea, Damari Milstead, Taavi Jurkataam, Samba Kane
How it Happened
For the second straight game, Rhode Island (2-2) led from start to finish, using a balanced attack to wear down San Francisco, 84-71. The win ended Rhody’s stay in Bubbleville, as the Rams won both of their games in the Air Force Reserve Hall of Fame Tip-Off.
The Rams jumped out to a quick 9-2 with a spurt that featured five points from Fatts Russell and baskets from Jeremy Sheppard and Antwan Walker. San Francisco (2-2) started cold from the floor, opening 3-of-19. The Dons then hit four straight, three of which were 3-point shots, to get it back to a one-point game at 20-19.
The teams traded baskets before Rhode Island took over, scoring eight straight points. A Makhi Mitchell basket was followed by 3-point shots from Malik Martin and Russell. The Rams continued to control play, and a layup from Walker with 39 seconds left in the half gave URI a 38-28 lead at the break, its biggest lead of the half.
The lead got up to as many as 17 points before San Francisco shot its way back. Consecutive 3-point shots from Dzmitry Ryuny got the Dons within eight points, but D.J. Johnson responded with a 3-pointer of his own to give Rhody a 74-63 lead with 3:34 to go.
Khalil Shabazz hit another 3-pointer, but then missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity. Rhode Island got a free throw from Makhi Mitchell and two more from Russell to get the lead back to double digits, where it stayed the rest of the way.
Inside the Box Score
- San Francisco shot just 29.4 percent from the floor in the first half. The Dons were 10-for-34, the third straight game Rhode Island has held its opponent to 10 or fewer field goals.
- It was the third time in four games Rhode Island had four scorers in double digits.
- Senior Fatts Russell led the Rams with 21 points to go with five boards and four assists.
- Russell was 11-for-11 at the line. It was the 40th time in his career he has attempted five or more free throws. Rhody is 32-8 in those games.
- Redshirt junior Antwan Walker had his first double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
- Walker was 6-of-7 from the floor and 2-for-2 at the line.
- Redshirt sophomore Jalen Carey and freshman Ishmael Leggett each had 11 points.
- It was Carey’s second straight double-digit performance, and a career-high in points for Leggett.
- Leggett is already the seventh different double-digit scorer for Rhode Island this season.
- For the second straight game, Rhode Island was exceptional at the free throw line. The Rams were 34-for-40 (85 percent). The Rams are 64-for-75 over the last two games.
- Sophomore Makhi Mitchell is 12-for-14 from the line over the last two games. All of his scoring in the games has come on free throws.
- Rhode Island got 34 points from its bench. Through four games, the Ram bench is averaging 27.5 points per game.
- Junior Malik Martin continued to provide a solid all-round game. He had seven points on 2-of-3 shooting. He was 1-for-1 from deep, 2-for-2 at the line, and had two rebounds, one steal, one assist and several hustle plays that did not show up in the box score.
Rhode Island heads home for its lone non-conference game of the season at the Ryan Center. The Rams host Seton Hall Wednesday, Dec. 2. Game time is 7:05 p.m. and it will air on CBSSN. Jason Horowitz will call the game along with Steve Lappas.