URI’s Hurley Named A-10 Coach of the Year, 4 Players Earn Postseason Honors
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
University of Rhode Island head basketball coach Dan Hurley has been named the 2018 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Along with Hurley, four URI players received postseason honors led by Jared Terrell, who made First-Team All-Conference.
Redshirt senior E.C. Matthews was a Third-Team All-Conference pick, redshirt senior Stanford Robinson was named to the league's All-Defensive Team, and sophomore Jeff Dowtin earned All-Academic honors.
Hurley Named Coach of Year
Hurley led URI to an overall record of 23-6 and a conference record of 15-3, good enough to clinch the programs first ever regular-season A-10 championship.
This season, Hurley tied program records for most home wins (15), most road conference wins (7) and had a 16-game winning streak, the second longest in program history.
The Rams also were ranked in the top 25 in both national polls for the final seven weeks of the regular season, the longest streak in team history.
They ranked as low as 16th in the country, and currently rank 25th heading into the A-10 Tournament.
Hurley also became the second-fastest coach to 100 career wins at Rhode Island, doing it in his 177th game.
Only Frank Keaney reached the milestone faster, doing it in 149 games.
Four Players Get Postseason Honors
He reached double figures scoring in 26 out of 29 games, topped 15 points 19 times and reached 20 or more points in 12 games.
Matthews was second on the team in scoring at 12.9 points per game. He is the fourth leading scorer in program history with 1,815 points, and he is the only Rhode Island player ever with at least 1,800 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists.
Robinson ranks 14th in the country with 2.29 steals per game and has 64 so far this season. He also has pulled down 111 defensive rebounds and take more than 30 charges.
Rhode Island led the A-10 and was 12th in the country in turnovers forced with 16.28 per game. URI was also second in the league in scoring defense, steals per game and 3-point defense, all sparked by Robinson's play.
Dowtin had a 3.54 grade-point average in business while serving as the team's starting point guard.
The Rams open the A-10 Tournament on Friday at noon against the winner of Thursday’s VCU-Dayton Game.
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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.
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