Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more painful. The Rhode Island Rams did not trail at any point during the second half but still let a close game slip away, 58-54 in overtime to the Loyola Greyhounds. A Robert Olson three with about three seconds left in regulation tied it up, and a Xavier Munford running three at the buzzer failed to drop, forcing the extra period at the Ryan Center. The overtime session was back and forth for a bit, as Munford opened the scoring with a three, but Rhody found themselves down one with 1:04 left. Andre Malone turned the inbounds pass over and it was all trouble from there. Despite Loyola missing FOUR free throws in the final 10 seconds, turnovers, clutch rebounding, and clutch shooting down the stretch handed Rhody their fifth loss of the season.
You’re probably sick of hearing about all the positives of an 0-5 team at this point, but Jordan Hare had an absolute coming out party tonight. He somewhat flirted with a triple-double, dropping eight points, pulling down 16 rebounds, and blocking seven shots. Malesevic did not start in this one but ended up leading the Rams in scoring with 16, one of three players in double figures. But when it came down to it, Rhody failed to score and failed to come through when it mattered most. After the three-pointer by X in OT, the Rams only scored one more point the rest of the way. It’s hard to put a finger on what the late-game issues have been (we at Rhody Rampage are hesitant to say the Rams are not “clutch”), but URI has to push through late in one of these games if they’re going to start winning. With their scoring (or lack thereof), it doesn’t seem as if they’ll be blowing teams out this season.
Another loss, and another tough one to digest – what is going wrong late in games? We’ll try to answer that question tomorrow with a full breakdown of this painful one, as Rhody is now 0-5. Ughhhhh.