URI Knocks Off Saint Joseph’s In Atlantic 10 Home Opener For Rams

University of Rhode Island Press Release

Rhode Island Starters
Jeremy SheppardIshmael LeggettMakhi MitchellMakhel MitchellIshmael El-Amin

Saint Joseph’s Starters
Dahmir Bishop, Cameron Brown, Jordan Hall, Taylor Funk, Ejike Obinna

How it Happened
Rhode Island pulled away from Saint Joseph’s down the stretch to pick up its first conference win of the season Wednesday night, beating the Hawks 75-64.

The Rams (10-4, 1-1 A-10) outscored the visitors by nine points over the final 6:47, steadily expanding its lead in the final minutes. After a free throw by Jack Forrest got Saint Joseph’s (7-7, 1-2 A-10) within two at 60-58, Makhel Mitchell hit a free throw and Malik Martin converted an old fashioned three-point play to put URI up by six points.

After a fastbreak layup for the Hawks by Erik Reyynolds II made the score 64-60 with 3:32 to go, the Rams went on an 11-4 run to close out the contest. Jeremy Sheppard scored five points – including a dagger 3-point shot – and Makhi Mitchell added four during the run to secure the win.

Both teams were on fire in the opening half, as Rhode Island shot 51.4 percent from the floor (18-of-35) and the Hawks were even better at 54.2 percent (13-of-24). Rhody had 13 assists on the 18 field goals in the first half as it took a 43-37 lead into the break.

With the victory, Rhode Island has already matched its win total from last season.

Inside the Box Score

  • Once again, the stat sheet was relatively balanced for the Rams as all nine players that saw the floor contributed to the scoring. All but one had a steal, seven registered at least one assist and six different players blocked a shot.
  • Makhel Mitchell led Rhode Island with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He also added six rebounds, blocked one shot and had one assist.
  • Jeremy Sheppard matched his season best with six assists and scored 13 points of his own.
  • Makhi Mitchell was the third Ram to score in double figures, recording 12 points on the night. He also had three rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.
  • Malik Martin and Antwan Walker came off the bench and led URI in the plus-minus column. Martin was +17 for the night while Walker was +13.
  • Martin narrowly missed a double-double as he ended the game with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds. He also had two assists and one steal. The 12 rebounds were a career high.
  • Walker added six points, five rebounds, one steal and one block.
  • Ishmael El-Amin dished out four assists, scored five points, and had one block and one assist.
  • Sebastian Thomas matched his career high with seven points to go with two assists and one steal, while Jalen Carey chipped in five points, one steal and one block.
  • Rhody’s bench outscored Saint Joseph’s 27-14.
  • The Rams also scored 17 points off 19 SJU turnovers. URI committed just nine turnovers of its own to match its season low.
  • Head coach David Cox improved to 5-0 all time against Saint Joseph’s.

Up Next
The Rams return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to UMass for a 4:30 p.m. meeting with the Minutemen.

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