Rhody Downs Manhattan, 73-64

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

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

Manhattan Starters
Stewart, Hinckson, Greene, Buchanan, Paulicap

How it Happened
Jeff Dowtin scored a season-high 24 points to lead Rhode Island to a 73-64 win over Manhattan Wednesday evening at The Ryan Center.

With the score tied 9-9 at the game's first media timeout, the Rams (5-2) and Jaspers (3-3) returned from the break and went cold. Over the next seven and a half minutes the two teams combined to shoot 2-for-17 from the field, making just one basket each during the span. Steals by Fatts Russell and Jeff Dowtin - on consecutive Manhattan possessions - later put Rhody up 24-16 with 3:55 to go in the half. The Rams then outscored the Jaspers 8-3 to take a 32-19 lead into halftime.

The lead remained in double digits for most of the second half, getting to as many as 17 points following a put-back basket by Tyrese Martin with 10:28 to go. While the lead was never truly threatened, Manhattan never went away either. The Jaspers chipped away slowly, getting the lead down to nine points on six different possessions. Each time, Rhode Island responded to get the advantage back to double figures. The Jaspers got it down to seven points with 15 seconds to go, but the game was well in hand by that point.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Jeff Dowtin led all players with a game-high 24 points. His 13-for-16 showing from the foul line was a career best.
  • Dowtin also had six rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
  • Junior Fatts Russell added 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He has now scored 20-or-more points in each of Rhody's last five games.
  • Russell logged just 31:53 on the floor - nearly five minutes less than his season average - as he was ejected late in the second half after receiving a pair of Class A technical fouls just nine seconds apart.
  • Sophomore Tyrese Martin also scored in double figures for the Rams, finishing with 13 points and eight rebunds.
  • Senior Cyril Langevine recorded a game-high nine boards to go with seven points.
  • Sophomore Jermaine Harris grabbed seven boards, scored three points, blocked one shot and had one steal.
  • Freshman Mehki Long had three steals and played a career-high 16 minutes.
  • As a team, Rhode Island outrebounded Manhattan 43-31.
  • Manhattan had the advantage in bench scoring, at 25-6.

What's Next
Rhode Island travels to West Virginia for a game Sunday, Dec. 1. Game time is 2 p.m.