URI’s Season Ends With Second Round Loss to Dayton, Fatts Russell Gets Curtain Call
The perimeter shooting of No. 7 Dayton – particularly Ibi Watson – did Rhode Island in as the Rams’ season ended with an 84-72 loss in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Championship Thursday.
Rhode Island (10-15) was within one point following an Allen Betrand 3-pointer with 11:15 remaining. However, Dayton (14-8) responded with an 8-0 run to pull back ahead, 64-55 with 8:19 to go, thanks to a Koby Brea 3-pointer.
From there, the Flyers maintained a double-digit for much of the remainder of the game. Watson had a game-high 25 points, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range for Dayton, which advanced to face second-seeded VCU Friday in the quarterfinals.
Inside the Box Score
Both teams shot 51 percent from the floor. Dayton was 29-of-57, while Rhode Island was 28-of-55.
The Flyers made 12 3-pointers, while URI had nine. Dayton also was 14-of-19 at the free throw line, compared to 7-of-16 for Rhode Island.
Junior Malik Martin started in place of an injured Jeremy Sheppard. Martin responded with 17 points on 7-of-11 from the floor.
Redshirt junior Antwan Walker had 13 points and six rebounds.
Junior Allen Betrand had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting before leaving the game with an injury.
Freshman Ishmael Leggett was the fourth Ram in double figures, scoring 10 points to go with five rebounds.
Senior Fatts Russell flirted with a triple-double again. He had eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
He finished his career sixth in Rhode Island history with 411, passing URI Hall of Famer Tom Garrick (407 from 1985-88).
Sophomore Makhel Mitchell had seven points and two rebounds before fouling out.