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With 2013 closing in, we at Rhody Rampage thought it would be cool to recap the best of the best individual performances of the year from the Rhode Island Rams. While it wasn’t a great year for URI in terms of wins and losses, Rhody certainly saw some excellent play by several different guys in 2012. So let the countdown begin…
10. Anthony Malhoit (February 29 versus Fordham) – In his final home game as a Ram, Anthony Malhoit absolutely tore up Fordham on Senior Day at the Ryan Center last season. The Rhody walk-on tallied a game-high 21 points on 8-11 shooting, including 3-4 from three. Malhoit also added nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in his 29 minutes of play. He knew it was one of his last chances to shine for the Rams and he came up big in a 78-58 Rhody win.
9. Jonathan Holton (January 14 versus Duquesne) – We’ve kind of scrubbed Holton from our memory, but let’s not forget that he had his fair share of beast moments in his one season at URI. In this particular contest versus the Dukes, the freshman put up a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Oh, and by the way, EIGHT of those rebounds were on the offensive glass. Holton’s 9-15 shooting performance, two steals, and two blocked shots were not enough as Rhody fell 78-71 to Duquesne.
8. Xavier Munford (December 1 versus Vermont) – Well of course you knew X would make an appearance. Munford has had several stellar performances this season, but his 25-point effort versus the Catamounts was a definite difference-maker for the Rams in this one. He shot 7-11 from the field and 3-5 from three to go along with five assists, as he was the key to Rhody’s second victory of the season. URI came away with a 76-66 win in Kingston.
7. Nikola Malesevic (November 9 versus Norfolk State) – Yes, Nik can be hit or miss at times, but there’s no denying his impact on this game. Besides scoring a game-high 26 points, the senior hit several big threes, including a four-point play midway through the second half to give Rhody a five point lead at the time. He also buried back-to-back threes early on to get the URI offense going. Besides the points, Nik also grabbed nine rebounds and added two steals, but Rhode Island fell to the Spartans 67-55.
6. Jonathan Holton (January 21 versus La Salle) – Anyone that remembers this game knows that it was disgustingly ugly from a Rhody perspective. But Holton was the lone bright spot with yet another double-double for URI. This time it was 18 points and 17 rebounds – 10 of them offensive. He also chipped in with four blocked shots, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Rams got smoked by the Explorers, 80-66.