URI Survives Multiple Buzzer Beating Attempt to Beat St. Bonaventure by One

Rhode Island built a double-digit lead then held on in the final moments to defeat St. Bonaventure 68-67 Wednesday night.

The Rams (6-10, 2-2 Atlantic 10) led by 11 points with 5:08 to go after an Ishmael Leggett 3-point shot went down. However, the visiting Bonnies (8-9, 2-2 A-10) went on a 14-2 run to take the lead with 33 seconds remaining. Guards Daryl Banks III and Kyrell Luc spurred the run, combining for three 3-pointers before Banks capped the run with an old-fashioned three-point play that gave the Bonnies a 67-66 lead.

Needing a basket, the Rams got Ishmael Leggett to the line with 17 seconds to go. He calmly sank both free throws to give Rhode Island the lead. St. Bonaventure managed to get a flurry of shots off in the final seconds, but each one fell off the rim and the Rams held on for the victory.

Inside the Box Score
URI has won its last four games at home. Archie Miller is now 9-2 in his career versus St. Bonaventure.
The Rams led for nearly 36 minutes, compared to just 1:14 for the Bonnies.
Redshirt senior Malik Martin scored his 1,000th career point. He finished the night with seven points and six rebounds.
Sophomore Ishmael Leggett had his second double-double in a row and third of the season. He ended the game with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
The 14 rebounds are a career high for Leggett.
The Rams excelled at the free throw line going 24-for-29 as a team. This was led by Leggett (10-for-11) and redshirt junior Jalen Carey (7-for-8).
Carey put up nine points with three rebounds and three assists.
Led by Carey, the Rams held Daryl Banks III to 12 points, which is below his season average of 16.4 points per game.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Weston had a big game off the bench, finishing with 11 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes. He had two huge 3-point shots to provide a spark.
Sophomore Brayon Freeman had nine points, six rebounds and five assists.
The Rams scored 20 of their 68 points on the fastbreak.
What’s Next
Rhode Island is back at home Wednesday, Jan. 11 when it hosts St. Bonaventure. Game time is 7 p.m.

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