Rams Win 10th Straight, Cruise Past Colonials 82-51

Photo Credit: GW Athletics
Photo Credit: GW Athletics

RHODE ISLAND (18-5, 10-1 A-10)
Starters: Harris, Martin, Russell, Dowtin, Langevine
Subs: Walker, Long, Toppin, Dadika, Green

GEORGE WASHINGTON (10-14, 4-7 A-10)
Starters: Walker Jr., Mitola, Battle, Nelson Jr., Jack
Subs: Paar, Stallings

How it Happened
Rhode Island led from start to finish for the second straight game, winning at George Washington, 82-51. It was the 10th consecutive win for the Rams.

Rhody was ahead by as many as 20 points in the first half, taking control immediately with an 8-1 burst and never letting up. With the offense clicking, URI ended the first half on a 17-4 run, holding the Colonials to one field goal over the final 8:04. That shot was a 3-pointer by GW's Jamison Battle at the buzzer, sending the teams into the break with Rhody up, 41-25.

The Rams shot 57.1 percent (16-of-28) from the floor in the opening period, including six makes from 3-point territory.

The dominance continued after the break as Rhody held the Colonials to just one field goal over the first 9:09 while steadily expanding the lead. The Rams pushed their advantage to as many as 35 points, coasting to their 10th consecutive victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • The win improved Rhody to 5-0 in Atlantic 10 road games. Dating back to last season, the Rams have now won seven straight conference games away from the Ryan Center.
  • Rhode Island did not trail at any point against GW, marking the second game in a row - and third time this season - the Rams never played from behind. Rhody has not trailed in a game since 16:32 of the first half against VCU on Jan. 31 -- a span of 103:28.
  • The Rams held a 30-10 advantage in fastbreak points and out-rebounded the Colonials 42-33.
  • Junior Fatts Russell scored 24 points for his 15th 20-point game of the season, and 25th of his career. He hit a season-high six attempts from long range, one make shy of his career high.
  • Russell also had three assists and two steals.
  • Senior Cyril Langevine recorded his sixth double-double of the season, and team-leading 29th of his career. He finished the game with 11 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.
  • Langevine, who was 4-of-5 (80.0%) from the floor, connected on his first career three-pointer, burying a shot from the perimeter for the first basket of the game.
  • Senior Jeff Dowtin recorded 14 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
  • Sophomore Tyrese Martin also scored in double figures, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, three steals two blocks and one assist.
  • Sophomore Jermaine Harris added eight points for the Rams.
  • Freshman Jacob Toppin (6p/4r) and redshirt sophomore Antwan Walker (4p/3r) combined for 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
  • Freshman Mekhi Long added four points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist off the bench.
  • For the third game in a row, seniors Eric Dadika and Jordan Green saw minutes late in the game.

Up Next
The Rams return to action on Tuesday night, at first-place Dayton. The game, which will air nationally on CBS Sports Network, is set for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. A win against the Flyers - who are currently ranked No. 6 in this week's national poll - would move Rhody into a tie for the top spot in the Atlantic 10 standings.