URI Holds Off Harvard For Second Straight Win

University of Rhode Island Press Release

Rhode Island Starters
Jeremy SheppardIshmael LeggettMakhi MitchellMakhel MitchellIshmael El-Amin

Harvard Starters
Luka Sakota, Idan Tretout, Chris Ledlum, Noah Kirkwood, Kale Catchings

How it Happened
Rhode Island built a big lead in the first half then withstood a second-half charge as the Rams held off Harvard, 64-57, on the road Wednesday.

URI (6-2) used an efficient, balanced offense to build its lead in the opening half. Led by Malik Martin (11 points), Ishmael Leggett (9 points) and Makhel Mitchell (8 points), the Rams were 16-of-29 (55.2 percent) from the floor in the first half. The defense, meanwhile, limited the Crimson (5-3) to 32.1 percent from the field, including 2-for-13 from the arc. The combination helped Rhody carry an 18-point lead (38-22) into the half.

The lead was pushed to as many as 21 points following a Mitchell jumper that put the Rams up, 48-27, with 16:36 to go. Harvard – which entered the game 15th in the country in 3-point shooting – began to get hot from deep. Four 3-pointers, including a pair from Louis Lesmond, sparked a 19-1 run for Harvard to make it a three-point game at 49-46 just under the nine minute mark.

A pair of Antwan Walker jump shots started a 12-4 run for Rhode Island that pushed the lead back to 61-50 with two minutes left. While Harvard did not go quietly, the Rams kept the Crimson at an arm’s length to record their second straight win.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island’s bench again played a key role, providing 24 points.
  • Guard Malik Martin filled the stat sheet, finishing with 13 points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots and one assist in 32 minutes off the bench.
  • Martin has reached double-digits in his fourth straight game.
  • Guard Ishmael Leggett had 16 points, four rebounds and two assists.
  • He helped seal the victory by hitting 7-of-8 at the free throw line.
  • Center Makhel Mitchell was the third Ram in double figures, scoring 13 points to go with seven rebounds, two steals and one block.
  • Freshman Sebastian Thomas gave the team a big boost, playing a career-high 20 minutes off the bench. He played 11 first-half minutes at the point when Jeremy Sheppard got hit with two early fouls.
  • Thomas had two points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals without any turnovers.
  • Forward Antwan Walker had nine points and five rebounds off the bench.
  • Harvard shot just 8-for-33 from 3-point range (24.2 percent). The Crimson entered the game shooting 41.7 percent from the arc.

Up Next
The Rams play at in-state rival Providence on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will air on CBSSN.

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