Rams Look to Stay Hot at Saint Joseph's Wednesday Night

Photo Credit: Anthony Garro
Photo Credit: Anthony Garro

THE BASICS
Rhode Island (10-5, 2-1) at Saint Joseph's (3-13, 0-4)
Tip-Off: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. EST
Live Coverage: Stats | Audio | TV/Stream: ESPN+ 
Game Notes

RHODE ISLAND VS. SAINT JOSEPH'S - SERIES NOTES

  • Wednesday will be the 104th meeting between Rhode Island and Saint Joseph's, with the Hawks holding an 57-46 edge.
  • Rhody has won two straight and four of the last five meetings overall.  
  • The last time the teams met was March 5, 2019 in an 86-85 overtime victory for Rhode Island.
  • Junior Fatts Russell - a Philadelphia native - scored 41 points the last time the Rams played at Hagan Arena. The 41 points were a program record for a road game. Russell scored Rhode Island's final 19 points in the contest.
  • Rhode Island is 19-31 all time as the road team against the Hawks.
  • Saint Joseph's head coach Billy Lange is in his first season at the helm. 
  • Rhode Island enters the game having won two in a row. The Hawks have dropped four straight.

RUSSELL LEADING THE COUNTRY IN STEALS PER GAME

  • Junior Fatts Russell is averaging 3.4 steals per game, which leads the nation.
  • Russell is second in the country in total steals with 51. Only Richmond's Jacob Gilyard (53) has more. Gilyard has played one more game than Russell thus far.
  • Last time out at VCU, Russell tied the Rhode Island single-game record with seven steals. It was the ninth time in program history a Ram had achieved the mark. Stanford Robinson - the only URI player to do it twice - was the last Rhode Island player with seven in a game, which he did at Fordham on Jan. 24, 2018.
  • Russell has at least two steals in every game this season, and has had at least three steals 10 times on the year. He has four games with five steals.
  • Russell is quickly approaching Rhode Island's top 10 in both single-season steals and career steals.
  • With 51 steals, he needs six more to crack the single-season top 10. Carlton "Silk" Owens had 57 in 1987-88.
  • With 134 career steals, Russell needs nine more to tie Antonio Reynolds-Dean for 10th place in team history. 
  • Reynolds-Dean had 143 from 1995-99.

RUSSELL THIRD IN ATLANTIC 10 IN SCORING, CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS

  • Junior Fatts Russell ranks third in the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 19.2 points per game, good for 44th nationally. 
  • Russell enters the game needing 22 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
  • Russell has a team-high 13 double-digit scoring games, including nine 20-point outings. 
  • He has topped 25 points four times this season, including a season-high 32 points at West Virginia on Dec. 1.
  • The 32 points at West Virginia were the second most in Russell's career, second only to the 41 he scored at Saint Joseph's last season. 
  • Russell has 19 career games with at least 20 points.
  • Rhode Island is 15-4 when Russell scores at least 20 points, including a 6-3 mark this season.

LANGEVINE LEADS ATLANTIC 10 IN REBOUNDING

  • Senior Cyril Langevine is the top rebounder in the Atlantic 10 and ranks 11th nationally with 10.9 per game.
  • He has 827 career rebounds, which ranks sixth in URI history. 
  • He joined Art Stephenson (1,048 from 1965-68), Gary Koenig (1,039 from 1959-62), Antonio Reynolds-Dean (1,028 from 1995-99), Kenny Green (996 from 1985-90) and Kahiem Seawright (869 from 2005-09) as the only Rhode Island players to top 800.
  • For his career, Langevine has 39 games with 10 or more rebounds, including seven with at least 15.
  • Langevine needs 63 points and 173 rebounds to join Stephenson and Reynolds-Dean as the only Rams to record both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
  • Stephenson had 1,458 points and 1,048 rebounds, while Reynolds-Dean had 1,576 points and 1,028 rebounds.
  • With at least 16 games remaining on the schedule (15 regular season, Atlantic 10 tournament game), Langevine needs to average 3.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game the rest of the way to reach the marks. 

DEFENSE MAKING LIFE DIFFICULT ON A-10 FOES

  • Through the first three games of Atlantic 10 play, Rhode Island is allowing just 58.3 points per game. 
  • The Rams have not allowed more than 61 points in a conference game. They have held two opponents under 60 points. Davidson had 58 and VCU netted 56.
  • In the first 13 games of the season, Rhode Island held two opponents to 61 points or less. 
  • The Rams limited North Texas to 47, the season low for any opponent.