URI Rams Come Up Short at St. Joe’s

URI Rams news release…

Rhode Island fought to the final buzzer but came up four points short – 61-54 – at Saint Joseph's.

The Rams (10-10; 1-4 A-10) trailed 14-7 less than six minutes into the
game, but chipped away the rest of the half.  Rhody's 9-1 run over the
final three minutes of the half – capped by a Xavier Munford 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left  – gave URI its first lead, 30-27, at the break.

In the second half, Rhode Island was able to extend its lead to six points, after a Jerelle Reischell
jumper at the 14:19 mark made it 37-31.  But Saint Joseph's would go on
a 20-4 run over the next eight minutes, making seven trips to the free
throw line on the 13 possessions during the run.

A late surge from Rhode Island cut the deficit to just three points –
after a Munford three-ball with 9.2 seconds left made it 60-57.  

Xavier Munford led Rhody with 16 points (5-16 FG; 2-6 3FG; 4-5 FT) and
eight rebounds in 38 minutes of action.  The senior guard also had a
career-high four steals.  The Rams host Dayton Saturday at 4:00 at the Ryan Center.