Second-Half Surge Leads Rhody Past VCU 71-65

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

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

VCU Starters
Jenkins, Evans, Mobley, Santos-Silva, Vann

How it Happened
Rhode Island (11-7, 4-2 Atlantic 10) won its third straight game, grinding out a 71-65 victory over VCU Wednesday night.

After a sluggish first half that saw VCU take a 25-21 lead into the break, both teams exploded in the second half, combining for 90 points. Rhode Island steadily built a lead behind a balanced offense. Cyril Langevine got URI on track early before Fatts Russell, Jeff Dowtin and Tyrese Martin took over down the stretch. Rhode Island found itself ahead by 12 at 61-49 following a layup by Martin with 3:38 to go.

VCU (13-6, 4-2 A-10) didn't go away quietly, chipping away at the deficit. With one minute remaining, Marcus Evans was fouled shooting from beyond the arc. He hit all three free throws to pull the visitors within 65-63. Six unanswered points on a Jermaine Harris jumper and two free throws each from Dowtin and Martin helped Rhode Island secure the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Jeff Dowtin finished the night with 14 points, picking up his 800th career point on his last basket of the game. He also grabbed three rebounds, dished out a pair of assists and had one steal on the night.
  • Sophomore Fatts Russell scored a game-high 19 points, 15 of which came in second half. He has now scored in double figures in 11 consecutive games for the Rams.
  • Russell also matched his career-high with six rebounds on the night.
  • Freshman Tyrese Martin recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one block.
  • Junior Cyril Langevine was the fourth Ram to score in double figures, putting up 10 points, six rebounds, two blocks and one assist.
  • Freshman Jermaine Harris finished with eight points, seven rebounds, one block and a pair of assists.
  • Freshman Dana Tate registered six points, four rebounds and a two assists off the bench.
  • Rhody forced VCU into 19 turnovers, scoring 20 points off of those miscues.
  • URI also held a 42-38 advantage in points in the paint.
  • Collectively, Rhode Island (1-9) and VCU (2-12) combined to shoot just 3-for-21 (12.5%) from long range. The one 3-pointer made was as season-low for URI, while the two makes from behind the arc were also a season-low for VCU. 

Up Next
The Rams return to action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to UMass for a 2 p.m. game against the Minutemen.