Rams Knock Off Middle Tennessee, 72-60, to Close Out Non-Conference Play

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Harris, Russell, Langevine, Dowtin, Thompson

Middle Tennessee Starters
Sims, Johnson, Scurry, Gamble, Green

How It Happened
Rhode Island pulled away late after an early test, beating Middle Tennessee 72-60 Sunday evening at the Ryan Center.

Playing at home for the first time since Nov. 28, the Rams (7-5) got a big night from freshman Dana Tate, who scored a career-high 15 points. Tate had 10 of his points in the second half, when Rhody came back from six points down to pull out the win.

Middle Tennessee (3-10) led 41-35 after a 3-pointer from Antonio Green with 16:27 to go. Coming out of the first media timeout, Rhode Island used a 13-3 run to take control. Cyril Langevine had six points during the stretch, while Tate had a 3-pointer and Jermaine Harris and Fatts Russell each had two points in the spurt to put URI up 54-38. From there, the Rhody advantage never dipped below double digits as the Rams closed out non-conference play with a win.  

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Jeff Dowtin led Rhode Island with 17 points on the night. He also added four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
  • Freshman Dana Tate registered a career-high 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 3-of-3 from long range. He also pulled down six rebounds, matching his career best in just 17 minutes off the bench.
  • Freshman Tyrese Martin led the Rams in rebounding with eight boards. He also added seven points and had one steal.
  • Freshman Jermaine Harris finished with nine points, five rebounds, one block and one steal.
  • Junior Cyril Langevine and sophomore Fatts Russell each blocked a pair of shots for the Rams. Russell also scored 11 points, dished out five assists and had two steals while Langevine scored six points with four rebounds, two assists and one steal.
  • Redshirt junior Christion Thompson contributed seven points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.
  • Rhode Island's bench outscored Middle Tennessee's 22-6. The Rams also had the advantage in fast-break points as 12-8.
  • URI connected on eight 3-pointers for the third time in the last four games. Prior to this four-game stretch, the Rams had not hit more than five threes in a game since recording 13 in the season-opening win over Bryant.

Up Next
The Rams are back in action on Jan. 6, when they open Atlantic 10 play at Saint Louis.