URI Routs Middle Tennessee State For Third Straight Win

University of Rhode Island Press Release

Rhode Island Starters
Harris, Russell, Martin, Dowtin, Long

Middle Tennessee Starters
Sims, Jackson, Scurry, Jones, Green

How it Happened
Rhode Island controlled the game from start to finish, grabbing its first road win of the season by thumping Middle Tennessee, 89-62, Sunday afternoon.

A dominant first-half performance had Rhode Island (8-3) ahead by 24 points heading into the break. The Rams established a double-digit lead less than eight minutes in. Following an Antwan Walker jumper, Rhody went ahead 21-10, and the lead only grew from there.

The outcome was never truly in doubt, as the Rams led for 37:13, trailing for just 15 seconds when Middle Tennessee (4-9) briefly led, 4-2. Rhode Island’s victory was the team’s third in a row, matching Rhody’s longest win streak of the season.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island dominated all areas of the game. The Rams had a 39-30 edge on the boards, forced 22 turnovers while committing 14 and shot 55.9 percent from the floor, compared to 35.8 percent for Middle Tennessee.
  • Rhody had a 21-6 advantage in fastbreak points.
  • Sophomore Jermaine Harris scored the first six points of the game for Rhody and finished with 17 on 7-of-9 shooting. He added seven rebounds, one block and one steal.
  • Senior Jeff Dowtin led six Rams in double figures with 21 points, which came on 7-of-11 shooting. He had three of URI’s seven 3-pointers.
  • Dowtin also had five assists, five rebounds and two steals.
  • Sophomore Tyrese Martin had 17 points, 12 of which came in the first half. Martin was 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Martin had a plus-minus of +32 in 28 minutes.
  • Redshirt sophomore Antwan Walker had his second straight game in double figures, finishing with 11 points on 5-of-6 from the field. He also hit his lone 3-point attempt.
  • Senior Cyril Langevine had 10 points and seven rebounds in just 18 minutes off the bench.
  • Junior Fatts Russell had his first career double-double, getting 10 points and a career-high 10 assists. He also had five steals.
  • Freshman Mekhi Long made his first career start, getting the nod in place of Cyril Langevine (team discipline). It snapped a string of 28 straight games with the same starting five.
  • The last time Rhode Island had six players in double figures was on Feb. 2, 2010 at La Salle.

Up Next
Rhode Island closes out the non-conference portion of the regular season with a game at Brown on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.