video: NEW: URI Wins A-10 Championship Beating VCU 70-63
Sunday, March 12, 2017
URI defeated the VCU Rams 70-63 on Sunday afternoon to win their first tournament title since 1999.
The win also clinches URI's first NCAA Tournament bid since that same year.
URI Seals A-10 Championship
After leading by 13 to start the second half, URI saw VCU get as close as five points, 53-48, with 9:44 to play in the game, but Rhode Island would recover.
URI would go on an 11-5 run over the next four minutes to take a 64-53 lead with 5 minutes to play following two free throws from Jared Terrell.
VCU would cut it to four, 64-61 with under two minutes to play, but E.C. Matthews would convert a layup on the offensive end to push the Rams lead back up to five, 66-61, with under a minute to play.
After VCU cut it to three, 66-63, with just over 30 seconds left, URI’s Jared Terrell knocked down two free throws to again push Rhode Island’s lead to five.
Critical Defensive Stop
With a five point lead in tack and 30 seconds left, URI’s Stanford Robinson dove on top of a loose ball and quickly called a time out.
On the Rams ensuing possession following a time out, Matthews knocked down two free throws to give the Rams a 70-63 lead and seal the win.
URI's Hot Shooting Gives Them Early Control
The Rams opened the championship game much like they did the semifinal game against Davidson, with red hot shooting.
URI shot 50% from the field in the first half and 46% from three, connecting on six of 13 three-point attempts. URI had nine threes in the first half against Davidson.
Leading 18-10 with 12:52 left in the half following a three from VCU’s Doug Brooks, the Rams went on an 11-2 run capped off by a Hassan Martin dunk to give URI a 29-12 lead with 8:59 to play.
VCU would get back within ten, 31-21, after a free throw from Jordan Burgess went down but the Rams hot shooting would continue.
On their next possession, URI’s Matthews knocked down a three to push the Rams lead up to 34-21 with 4:34 left to go in the half.
VCU closed to within 11, 38-27, in the final 30 seconds of the half before the Jared Terrell would get a jumper from the side of the basket to go with fives seconds left to give URI a 13 point lead, 40-27, at the half.
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PC Basketball 1960-61 NIT
The Providence College Friars won the National Invitation Tournament(NIT) in 1961, defeating St. Louis 62-59 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
At this time, the NIT was considered to be the National Championship of College Basketball.
The Friars were led by Vinny Ernst and James Hadnot that season.
PC Women's Cross Country
The 1995 Providence Friars won the programs first NCAA title. On the way, PC won their first BIG EAST and ECAC Championships.
Head Coach Ray Treacy was named NCAA Division I Women's National Coach of the Year, BIG EAST Men's and Women's Coach of the Year, Rhode Island Words Unlimited Women's Coach of the Year and NCAA District I Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Brown Women's Crew '99
Brown women's crew won the first NCAA Division I Championship in Brown University History by defeating the University of Virginia by a three-second margin at lake Natoma in California.
Brown also won the Eastern Sprint Championship and the Ivy Championship, setting a new course record in the process.
Photo courtesy of Brownbears.com
Brown Women's Crew 2000
Brown repeated as national Champions in 2000, beating the University of Washington by 3.9 seconds four points.
In addition, Brown's varsity and second varsity won the Eastern Sprint Championship and the IVY league Championship.
Both teams went undefeated on the season.
URI Women's Sailing 2011
The URI Women won the programs first National Championship in small boat sailing in the 79 year history of the program and hoisted the Gerald C. Miller Memorial Trophy at the Sperry Top-Sider/Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women’s National Championship.
The Rams won the title as a club team and were one of two club teams competing for the title. The other club team was Western Washington, who finished 17.
Photo courtesy of uri.edu
PC Hockey 2015
The Providence College Friars won the 2015 NCAA Ice Hockey National Championship, defeating Boston University 4-3 at the TD Garden.
The Championship is the first in the program's history and only the third NCAA National Title in Providence College History.
PC goatender Jon Gillies was named Most Outstanding Player.
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