URI Drops Road Game at Richmond Tuesday
University of Rhode Island Press Release
Rhode Island Starters
Freeman, Carey, Leggett, Martin, Tchikou
Nelson, Burton, Grace, Gustavson, Quinn
How it Happened
Rhode Island battled all night, but could not come up with enough offense, falling at Richmond 64-57 Tuesday night.
Richmond (11-8, 4-2 A-10) got off to a 9-0 lead by the 16:18 mark, largely behind Tyler Burton. He scored the first seven points of the contest and finished with a game-high 23 points.
From that point forward, URI (6-12, 2-4 Atlantic 10) outscored the Spiders. However, every time the Rams got within striking distance, Richmond would go on mini runs to keep Rhody at an arm’s length. Richmond’s size clogged the middle defensively, forcing URI to rely on jump shots.
In the end, URI was unable to close the gap.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore Brayon Freeman had 18 points and five assists.
- He also was 5-for-5 at the free throw line.
- Sophomore Ishmael Leggett was the other Ram in double figures, finishing with 13 points and five rebounds.
- Sophomore Sebastian Thomas and redshirt senior Malik Martin each had six points.
- Thomas added four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Martin had four boards and two steals.
- Freshman Rory Stewart had five points and two rebounds off the bench.
- Rhode Island had an 11-4 edge on fastbreak points.
- URI’s starting five of Jalen Carey, Brayon Freeman, Ishmael Leggett, Malik Martin and Alex Tchikou was the team’s seventh different lineup this season.
Rhode Island starts a three-game homestand when it welcome George Mason to the Ryan Center Saturday, Jan. 21. Game time is 12 p.m. on ESPN+.