The 24th ranked University of Rhode Island Men’s Basketball team cruised to an easy 78-58 victory on Wednesday night at Rock Hill Gymnasium against Fordham.
The win was URI’s 11th straight victory. Only Purdue and St. Mary’s have more consecutive wins against Division 1 teams.
The game started off as a rock fight. Both sides struggled to store baskets, and the game was low scoring.
Fordham, last place in the Atlantic 10, showed some of that Bronx toughness and hung tough throughout most of the first half. They were anchored by some good outside shooting from Ivan Raut–a Montenegro native.
It was a struggle, at times, on offense, in the first half, for URI.
Yet thanks to Fordham’s 13 turnovers in the first half, URI went into the locker room at halftime leading by 9 points. Center Andre Berry led URI in first half scoring with 10 points.
Coach Danny Hurley told a sideline reporter at halftime that he thought the Rams could hold Fordham to 45 points.
URI (8-0 in Atlantic 10 play) exerted itself thanks to their superior athleticism and depth in the second half. They feasted on turnovers throughout the game—forcing 23. The Rams defense, while not holding Fordham to 45, smothered them.
Berry scored inside the paint with ease. He scored 20 points–a career high–shooting 9 of 12 from the floor.
Going into the game, Fordham was beset by injuries. They only dressed 7 scholarship players.
The biggest scare of the game on URI’s side occurred when Stanford Robinson turned his ankle on a breakaway play with just under 12 minutes left in the second half. The versatile guard returned at about the 6 minute mark.
The game was played in a 3,200 seat gym–Rose Hill Gymnasium–the oldest facility used by a Division 1 team in the USA. It was opened in January of 1925.
The game was cast exclusively on Facebook Live by Stadium Network.
Next up for the Rams is a date with Duquesne at the Ryan Center on Saturday at noon.