URI Drops A-10 Tournament Opener To La Salle, First Season Under Miller Closes Out

University of Rhode Island Press Release

No. 14 Rhode Island Starters
Thomas, Carey, Leggett, Martin, Stewart

No. 11 La Salle Starters
Brickus, Brantley, H. Drame, F. Drame, Doucoure

How it Happened
No. 14 Rhode Island’s season came to an end with a 73-56 loss to No. 11 La Salle in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Championship Tuesday night.

The combination of La Salle’s work on the glass and URI’s shooting struggles made for a tough night. The Explorers (14-18) outrebounded Rhody 51-32 and had 16 second-chance points on 13 offensive boards. Guard Jhamir Brickus also was strong offensively all night, scoring 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

Rhode Island (9-22) shot just 29.8 percent from the floor (17-of-57), including 5-of-21 from the arc. Despite the struggled, the Rams managed to get a 17-point deficit down to eight points on three different occasions – twice after Malik Martin 3-pointers – in the second half, but could not get any closer.

Inside the Box Score.

  • Redshirt senior Malik Martin led Rhode Island with 19 points and seven rebounds in his final collegiate game.
  • Martin also blocked a pair of shots.
  • Sophomore Ishmael Leggett had 11 points and six boards on a tough shooting night. He played the entire 40 minutes.
  • Sophomore Sebastian Thomas had nine points and four assists.
  • After La Salle started the game 4-for-5 from 3-point range, it missed its final 11 attempts.
  • La Salle started game 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
  • URI 7-for-26 in the first half, 1-for-9 from the arc.
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