Rams Play Dead, Fall to Colonials 69-56
Saturday, January 11, 2014
A 19-2 run to start the game set the tone early for the George Washington Colonials, and GW cruised all afternoon Saturday to an easy home win over URI, 69-56.
The first half was arguably the worst 20 minutes of basketball the Rams have played this season. GW’s 1-3-1 zone defense gave Rhody fits all half, and the Rams shot 24% from the floor and committed 9 turnovers to just 2 assists. Their 13 points were a season low for a half.
URI was similarly stumped on the defensive end of the floor. The Colonials shot 49% from the floor in the first half and seemed to get to the rim at will. GW leading scorer Maurice Creek scored just 2 first half points on 1-5 shooting, yet it didn’t matter due to GW’s dominance on defense and on the glass (24-15 first half rebounding advantage.) It was 37-13 at the intermission.
Things got worse before they got better in the 2nd half for Rhody. GW opened the half with an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 32. A 10-0 URI run behind T.J. Buchanan and Hassan Martin helped get the Rams offense going from there, and URI finally found some offensive rhythm.
The Rams chipped away at the 32 point deficit all half, never getting closer than the 13 point final score difference. The 69-56 final marked the closest the game was since it was 15-2 GW, so despite the respectable final score the game was not as close as indicated by the scoreboard.
Kevin Larsen made 8 of 10 shots and tied a career high with 17 points to lead the Colonials, who also got a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) from Isaiah Armwood. Patricio Garino scored 14 points off the bench for GW, and Kethan Savage chipped in 14 as well on 6-13 shooting.
For Rhode Island, Martin led the charge with 16 points on 8-9 shooting. Buchanan added 13 points off the bench for the road team, but by and large it was a discouraging performance for the Rams.
URI shot 43% from the floor and 18% from 3 point range in the loss. The Rams were outrebounded 38-32, and GW also won the assist battle, turnover margin, and shot 48% from the floor.
URI now stands at 9-8 overall and 0-2 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Next up on the schedule for the Rams is a road game against a La Salle team that just beat these same Colonials on Thursday. URI at La Salle tips off at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.