Winning Streak Snapped, URI Falls to St. Bonaventure 77-74
Saturday, February 17, 2018
The Rams fell 77-74 to St. Bonaventure on Friday night, snapping the longest active winning streak in the country.
The loss also marks URI’s first A-10 loss since February 15, 2017, when they lost to Fordham.
The Rams fall to 21-4 overall and 13-1 in the A-10.
St. Bonaventure improves to 19-6 overall and 9-4 in the A-10.
URI Can’t Hold On
With the game tied at 59 with 9:22 to play, Matthews converted a four-point play to spark URI to an 8-2 run to take a 67-61 lead with 7:44 to play after a layup by Cyril Langevine.
Rhode Island would hold a 71-65 lead with 4:31 to play following a layup from Fatts Russell before St. Bonaventure would take over.
The Bonnies would go on an 8-1 run to take a 73-72 lead with 54 seconds to play.
Rhode Island would take the lead back, 74-73, on two free throws from Langevine before a dunk by St. Bonaventure’s LaDarien Griffin would give the Bonnies the lead for good, 75-74.
URI’s Jeff Dowtin had a chance to tie the game with 18 seconds left, but missed the free throw.
St. Bonaventure’s Matt Mobley would knock down two free throws in the closing seconds to seal the win.
The Rams were led by Jared Terrell, who poured in 23 points on 7 of 17 shooting from the field.
URI returns to action Tuesday, February 20 when they visit La Salle.
Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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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.
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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