URI Knocks Off Seton Hall In Home Opener Wednesday

(Photo credit – Drew Adames, Rhode Island Athletics)

Rhode Island Starters
Fatts RussellJeremy SheppardAntwan WalkerMalik MartinMakhel Mitchell

Seton Hall Starters
Jared Rhoden, Ike Obiagu, Myles Cale, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Shavar Reynolds

How it Happened
Rhode Island was efficient down the stretch, turning a tight contest into its third straight double-digit victory, beating Seton Hall, 76-63, Wednesday night.

A dunk by Seton Hall’s Jared Rhoden tied the score at 61-61 with 6:11 to go. From there, it was all Rhode Island. The Rams (3-2) held the visitors without a field goal the rest of the way, as the Pirates (1-2) missed their final eight shots of the game.

Senior guards Jeremy Sheppard and Fatts Russell each scored five points as the Rams ended the game on a 15-2 run. Russell and sophomore Makhel Mitchell combined to go 5-for-6 at the line, allowing Rhode Island to secure the victory over a Power 5 program.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island has outscored its opponents by a combined 42 points over the last three games. The Rams beat South Florida by 16 and both San Francisco and Seton Hall by 13.
  • The Rams had a season-low eight turnovers, which led to an 18-8 advantage in points off turnovers.
  • For the fourth time in five games, Rhody had four players score in double digits. Fatts Russell led the way with 17, followed by Jeremy Sheppard’s 14. Ishmael Leggett and Makhi Mitchell had 11 points each.
  • Mitchell is the eighth different player to score in double digits through five games.
  • He had 11 rebounds as well, giving him his first career double-double.
  • Rhode Island blocked eight shots, seven of which came in the first half. Antwan Walker had three, while Makhel Mitchell and Makhi Mitchell each had two.
  • Makhel Mitchell had a plus-minus of +21 in 15 minutes. He had seven points, three rebounds and two blocks while also providing strong defense against the Seton Hall bigs.
  • Seton Hall entered the game averaging 37 points in the paint per game. Rhode Island held the Pirates to 30.
  • Rhode Island had 13 second-chance points, while Seton Hall had just three. Both teams had nine offensive boards.
  • Rhode Island is one of just 13 teams nationally that has played four or more games in the first eight days of the season.
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