URI Cruises Past St. Bonaventure 87-73, Improves to 5-0 in A-10
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Joe Calabro, GoLocalProv Sports Team
EC Matthews connects from behind the arc to give URI an early 11-5 advantage. Rams have hit three of their first four 3-point attempts. pic.twitter.com/VTqjQMzc22— Rhody MBB (@RhodyMBB) January 13, 2018
Garrett poured in 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field, while also grabbing five rebounds in 23 minutes of action.
The win moves URI to 13-3 overall and 5-0 in the A-10, matching their best ever A-10 start.
It also gives head coach Dan Hurley his 100th win at URI.
St. Bonaventure drops to 12-5 overall and 2-3 in the A-10.
URI Pulls Away in 2nd Half
Leading 44-41 with 19:20 left in the game, URI broke the game open.
Andre Berry made a layup and then knocked down a free throw to spark URI on a 14-1 run to take a 58-42 lead with 16:04 to play.
Berry finished the game with 12 points and seven rebounds for the Rams, his third straight game in double-figures.
St. Bonaventure would get as close as 11 points on multiple occasions, but would not get to within single digits the rest of the way.
E.C. Matthews led URI with 20 points in the game.
URI returns to action on Wednesday, January 17, when they host Massachusetts at the Ryan Center.
Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The deepest back court in the country continues to run through the Atlantic 10. Rhode Island over St. Bonaventure by 14. Rams are legit. Really legit.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 13, 2018
E.C. Matthews - Redshirt Senior
E.C. Matthews returns for his redshirt senior season, now two years removed from ACL surgery. The Rams will need him to regain his form.
Matthews missed a couple of weeks during the preseason with knee tendinitis, but has since returned to practice and did play in URI's "secret scrimmage" against Harvard last week.
Prior to the start of this season, Matthews was named to the first preseason All-Atlantic 10 team during A-10 Media Day. He is also on the John Wooden Award Watch List.
Last season, Matthews averaged 15 points per game on 42% shooting from the field. In the A-10 Tournament, Matthews carried the Rams offense scoring 20, 19 and 19 points respectively in the three games to get the Rams the title.
Jared Terrell - Senior
Jared Terrell was named to second preseason All-Atlantic 10 team during A-10 Media Day.
He returns to the Rams after averaging 13 points, three rebounds and one steal per game in 2016-17.
Terrell will look to build off last season in which he shot 42 % from the field - the highest of his career.
Jeff Dowtin - Sophomore
Jeff Dowtin is coming off a freshman season in which he started the final 19 games, including both NCAA Tournament games.
He averaged six points and two assists in 22 minutes of action per game last season while also recording 17 steals on the year.
In URI's NCAA Tournament game against Creighton, Dowtin poured in a career-high 23 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field.
Andre Berry - Senior
In two seasons with the Rams, Andre Berry has played in 30 games, but hasn't started any.
For his career, Berry has averaged 2.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in an averaged of six minutes per game.
Cyril Langevine - Sophomore
Cyril Langevine will make the start at one of the forward positions as the Rams will try to replace Hassan Martin, who they lost to graduation.
Last season, Langevine played in 35 games and started five games for URI averaging three point, five rebounds, and one block.
In URI's NCAA game against Oregon, Langevine had a near double-double with nine rebounds and nine points. He also had three steals.