In a game where almost nothing went right, the Rhode Island Rams got completely smoked by St. Mary’s to the tune of 82-59. It was the first time Rhody allowed a team to score in the 80s against them this season as the Rams suffered by far their largest loss of the year. We knew coming into this one that the Gaels could put points on the scoreboard, and they had five players in double-figures, led by Stephen Holt with 17 off the bench.
URI actually came out of the game strong in this one, hitting five of their first seven shots from three-point range as they built a 24-17 lead. The Rams were up 26-21 with 6:49 remaining in the first half when things started to fall apart. From there, St. Mary’s closed the half on a 14-0 run and Rhody never recovered, dropping to 4-8 on the season.
Rebounding and defense where the stories in this one. Rhode Island has had problems rebounding the basketball all season, but nothing like this up until now. The Gaels out-rebounded the Rams… wait for it… 42-17. SEVENTEEN rebounds in 40 minutes of basketball. That is just unheard of. As for the defense, it was also epically bad. St. Mary’s shot 52.7% from the field, 42% from beyond the arc, and attempted 23 free throws to Rhody’s eight. The inside play for the Rams has been a little weak all season, but nothing like this. Besides Holt’s 17, Matthew Dellavedova scored 12 to go along with 10 assists, Beau Levesque and James Walker III put up 14 apiece, and Mitchell Young chipped in with 10.
For the Rams, Xavier Munford led all scorers with 20 points, while Mike Powell and Andre Malone dropped 12 points each. Jordan Hare had a few highlight-reel dunks as part of his 8 points, and Nik Malesevic was M.I.A. all night, scoring just three on 1-7 shooting. Rhody also got just four points from their bench, all thanks to T.J. Buchanan.
It’s easy to put a stinker like this in the rear-view mirror, but it’s a bit concerning that URI’s inside play (or lack thereof) may have been exposed to any and all future opponents. Getting beat down low and on the glass is kind of expected at this point, but getting beat this bad? It can’t happen if the Rams want to be playing in Brooklyn in March. There aren’t many positives to take from this one-sided affair, but we’ll try and break it down as best we can tomorrow.