Rams Fall Short Against George Mason, 84-67

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhode Island Starters
Harris, Russell, Langevine, Dowtin, Thompson

George Mason Starters
Kier, Livingston, Greene, Reuter, Boyd

How it Happened
George Mason outplayed Rhode Island en route to an 84-67 win in Atlantic 10 play Sunday night.

After a solid start offensively, Rhody (8-7, 1-2 A-10) went cold for long stretches. The Rams led 12-11 after a Jeff Dowtin layup with 11:43 left in the first half. That was the last lead for Rhode Island. A 9-2 run by George Mason (9-8, 3-1 A-10) put the Patriots up 30-19 by the 5:35 mark of the half. The visitors went into the break with a 38-27 lead.

Rhode Island managed to get the deficit down to seven points on two occasions in the second half. A Dowtin layup made the score 66-59 with 5:36 to go. Cyril Langevine made a shot on Rhody's next possession to make the score 68-61, but a 9-0 run by George Mason ended any thoughts of a comeback.

Inside the Box Score

  • The 84 points allowed matched the most the Rams have allowed in a game this season. Rhody also gave up 84 points in an 84-82 loss to Bucknell.
  • Entering the game, URI had the Atlantic 10's fourth-best scoring defense at 65.3 points per game while Mason was averaging just 71.9 points per game.
  • Junior Cyril Langevine registered a game-high 14 rebounds to go with a team-best 15 points for his ninth double-double of the season. He nearly reached the double-double before halftime with nine of each in the first 20 minutes of play.
  • Langevine also blocked three shots, dished out two assists and had one steal.
  • Junior Jeff Dowtin had 15 points, added four assists and had zero turnovers. He also had a pair of steals.
  • Freshman Omar Silverio gave the Rams a huge spark off the bench, entering the game and hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to end Rhody's 0-for-15 drought from the perimeter. He finished the game with a career-best 10 points on 3-for-3 shooting (all from long range) and a 1-for-2 showing at the foul line.
  • Silverio also dished out three assists in 10:52 on the court. He was the only Rhode Island player to finish the game with a positive plus-minus (+1).
  • Silverio's three treys were Rhody's only long-range makes of the game as the Rams finished 3-for-25 from 3-point land. At the other end of the court, George Mason was 7-for-17 (41.2%) from the perimeter.
  • Sophomore Fatts Russell and freshman Tyrese Martin rounded out Rhode Island's players in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Martin added five rebounds, two assists and two blocks while Russell had two boards, one assist, one block and one steal.

Up Next
The Rams return to the Ryan Center to host St. Bonaventure, Wednesday night at 6 p.m. The action will air live on CBS Sports Network.