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Rams Play Dead, Fall to Colonials 69-56

Saturday, January 11, 2014


A 19-2 run to start the game set the tone early for the George Washington Colonials, and GW cruised all afternoon Saturday to an easy home win over URI, 69-56.

The first half was arguably the worst 20 minutes of basketball the Rams have played this season. GW’s 1-3-1 zone defense gave Rhody fits all half, and the Rams shot 24% from the floor and committed 9 turnovers to just 2 assists. Their 13 points were a season low for a half.

URI was similarly stumped on the defensive end of the floor. The Colonials shot 49% from the floor in the first half and seemed to get to the rim at will. GW leading scorer Maurice Creek scored just 2 first half points on 1-5 shooting, yet it didn’t matter due to GW’s dominance on defense and on the glass (24-15 first half rebounding advantage.) It was 37-13 at the intermission.

Things got worse before they got better in the 2nd half for Rhody. GW opened the half with an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 32. A 10-0 URI run behind T.J. Buchanan and Hassan Martin helped get the Rams offense going from there, and URI finally found some offensive rhythm.

The Rams chipped away at the 32 point deficit all half, never getting closer than the 13 point final score difference. The 69-56 final marked the closest the game was since it was 15-2 GW, so despite the respectable final score the game was not as close as indicated by the scoreboard.

Kevin Larsen made 8 of 10 shots and tied a career high with 17 points to lead the Colonials, who also got a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) from Isaiah Armwood.  Patricio Garino scored 14 points off the bench for GW, and Kethan Savage chipped in 14 as well on 6-13 shooting.

For Rhode Island, Martin led the charge with 16 points on 8-9 shooting. Buchanan added 13 points off the bench for the road team, but by and large it was a discouraging performance for the Rams.

URI shot 43% from the floor and 18% from 3 point range in the loss. The Rams were outrebounded 38-32, and GW also won the assist battle, turnover margin, and shot 48% from the floor.

URI now stands at 9-8 overall and 0-2 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Next up on the schedule for the Rams is a road game against a La Salle team that just beat these same Colonials on Thursday. URI at La Salle tips off at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.


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joe adamowicz

Jack, I am curious about the 13 total points for half time. Do you know if this is a URI record for fewest points scored ...ever? I know years ago basketball scores were low and maybe there was a lower half time score but man, what a ridiculous total for a D1 game. The points were of course a season low for a half ..but again ...was this an all time low?

joe adamowicz

Jack, I did a little research and discovered the lowest half-time point total in modern era basketball (D1 college) happened on Jan. 10, 2008 when St. scored 8 against GW's 25. URI missed out on tying the record by 5 points (ironically against GW) but was this a URI school record low for a half? Inquiring minds want to know, Jack.

joe adamowicz

That was St, Louis, Jack.

joe adamowicz

Correction, actually St. Louis scored only 7 points at halftime against George Washington, not 8.

joe adamowicz

Upon further inquiry, I believe the 13 points (half-time) is a URI record low. This figure is based on the modern basketball era statistics, i.e. beginning when shot clock was installed. If anyone can find evidence to dispute this, please enlighten me. As for now let us put this one down in the record books as the worse halftime performance in URI basketball history ...

joe adamowicz

Well, it certainly looks like the best URI can hope for is low double digit win total. Most certainly they will not make the NCAA tournament, the 15th year in a row. Not matter how you slice it, a decade-and-a-half and quickly moving toward a "score" is a long, long time. PC and Bryant and Brown also have dim chances, more closer to nil. Another year of "wait until next year" in Rhode Island. Sad state of affairs indeed.

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