| | Advanced Search

 

#39 to #1: Rhode Island’s Best Communities 2014—GoLocal News Team and Abe Dube and Jack…

Ric Santurri: Taveras’ Providence Problem—Ric Santurri: Taveras' Providence Problem

Dan Lawlor: Tell Jim: No Drone Dollars—Dan Lawlor: Tell Jim: No Drone Dollars

It’s All About Education: Can Recess Help Children Be More Successful?—It's All About Education: Can Recess Help Children…

NEW: Taveras Endorsed by Brotherhood of Police Officers, Government Employees—NEW: Taveras Endorsed by Brotherhood of Police Officers,…

NEW: Fung Questions Block on Campaign Finance Reporting—NEW: Fung Questions Block on Campaign Finance Reporting

NEW: Block Calls Reducing RI DMV Wait Times Top Priority—NEW: Block Calls Reducing RI DMV Wait Times…

Riley: Caprio Track Record Good, Seth Magaziner Claims Questioned—Riley: Caprio Track Record Good, Seth Magaziner Claims…

Guest MINDSETTER™ David Segal - Who Really Destroyed Rhode Island’s Economy?—Angel’s not a bad guy. He’s not exactly…

Johnston Sportsman Saves DEM Hunter Education Program with Big Donation—Johnston Sportsman Saves DEM Hunter Education Program with…

 
 

Duquesne @ URI: Matthews Scores 32 but Rams Fall Again

Saturday, February 15, 2014

 

Freshman standout E.C. Matthews scored a career-high 32 points, but the URI Rams dropped their 5th straight Atlantic 10 game Saturday at the hands of Duquesne, 83-71.

The Dukes were spearheaded by All-Conference candidate Ovie Soko, and the senior big man’s contributions went beyond his 19 point, 12 rebound double-double.

Soko excels at getting to the free throw line and drawing fouls down low, and on Saturday he drew a pair of fouls on Gilvydas Biruta early in the first half. With Biruta on the bench and Ifeanyi Onyekaba serving a one game suspension, the entire complexion of the game changed.

A 20-2 first half run for the Dukes turned a 15-8 Rhody lead into a 28-17 deficit for the Rams. URI’s depleted roster was ineffective all afternoon on the defensive end, allowing Duquesne to shoot 57% for the game.

L.G. Gill was the unsung hero for Duquesne, shooting 5-6 from 3-point range and scoring a career-high 19 points off the bench. Gill’s previous career-high was 7 points, and he helped the Dukes outpace the Rams 30-2 in bench scoring.

Matthews finished 11-15 from the floor and 6-8 from 3-point range, besting his previous career-high by 8 points. Xavier Munford scored 16 points but shot just 5-13, and Hassan Martin finished with 9 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks for the Rams.

URI struggled again from the free throw line, shooting just 52% and missing 3 front ends of 1-and-1s. Coupled with 15 turnovers and a -4 mark in rebounding (29-25), URI’s shortcomings more than outweighed Matthews’ best efforts to will the team to a win.

URI Head Coach Dan Hurley was at a loss for words after the game when asked why his star freshmen (Matthews and Martin) were making consistent improvements and his upperclassmen were not.

E.C. Matthews made 6 3-pointers Saturday, including this one.

“I don’t have an explanation for it…It’s not supposed to happen,” Hurley said. “We’ve got some guys that have to look in the mirror.”

Hurley described his feelings as mixed because he is encouraged about the “big picture” with Matthews and Martin continuing to produce, but he was obviously discouraged by the result of the game.

It was Duquesne’s first road win in conference play and improved the Dukes’ record to 3-8 in the Atlantic 10 and 11-13 overall.

URI falls to 2-9 in the A-10 and 11-15 overall. The Rams’ next game is Wednesday night at the Ryan Center against St. Joe’s (17-7 overall, 7-3 A-10). That game tips off at 7 p.m.

 


Notes


--Matthews scored 19 of his 32 points in the 2nd half, and in the process made a strong pitch to the Atlantic 10 that he deserves a 3rd straight Rookie of the Week honor. Matthews scored 54 points (36 in the 2nd halves of games) in 2 games this week, but Rhody lost both.

--Hurley said postgame that he wishes he could utilize a “fire and brimstone” practice to try and help his team snap out of their recent funk, but with the limited number of available bodies such a coaching technique is playing with fire. URI can’t afford to lose any more healthy players to injuries, and a tough, high intensity practice is a big risk to take given the circumstances.

--Saturday marked a homecoming of sorts for Duquesne forward Dominique McKoy. McKoy played for a year at URI in 2011-12 and transferred after that season. Saturday marked his first trip back to the Ryan Center, and McKoy responded with a solid 11 point, 9 rebound performance.

--Onyekaba is expected to be reinstated for Wednesday’s game against St. Joe’s. Onyekaba was suspended for a violation of team rules.
 

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

Comments:

URI has a depleted roster but would be better off with another depletion: Coach Hurley. There is no way this man should remain on the pay roll at the end of the season. How much more of this can we take?

Comment #1 by joe adamowicz on 2014 02 16

By the way, I am not the only one who thinks Hurley is nothing more than a glorified high school coach and went as far as he did because of the family name. But losing to teams like Duquesne and gulp! Fordham is unacceptable. The jig is up. This guy needs to go back to high school. Let's be honest here... after almost two years are you satisfied with how this "program" is "progressing"? Time for a change. He's had more than enough time to prove himself and as far as I am concerned the program is retrogressing. What a sham. But guess who's laughing all the way to the bank while the rest of the basketball world is holding their sides, howling with laughter while tears are running down their cheeks. We are becoming the laughing stock of ESPN. How much MORE AN WE TAKE!!!!! Mercy ...please..

Comment #2 by joe adamowicz on 2014 02 16

Has Dan Hurley become the Keno Davis of RI? I think so.

Comment #3 by joe adamowicz on 2014 02 16




Write your comment...

You must be logged in to post comments.