There aren’t many words to describe today’s game against the George Washington Colonials. And the only words we can come up with are ones you can’t say on TV. The Rhode Island Rams turned in one of the worst first-half performances in recent memory this afternoon, and a second half battle resulted in a score that made this game look a lot closer than it really was. The reality is that despite only losing by 13 at 69-56, this one was pretty well over at halftime. The disappointing loss drops URI to 9-8 on the season and 0-2 in the Atlantic 10.
The first 20 minutes of this one were… incredibly ugly. The Rams started 0-8 from the floor and spotted GW a 12-0 lead in the first six minutes. And that’s only the beginning. It was 17-2 at the under-12:00 timeout. It was 34-9 with 3:00 to play in the half. And it was 37-13 at the break. Rhode Island’s first half numbers were pretty much what you’d expect given the score: 6-25 from the field and 0-7 from three-point range. URI was also out-rebounded 24-15 in the opening half, and their nine turnovers rounded out the poor showing. If you turned the game off right then and there, no one would have blamed you.
The good news is that Rhody showed some passion in the second half. Or finally showed up and played, depending on how you want to put it. The Rams actually won the final 20 minutes by a 43-32 margin, taking away some of the sting after an embarrassing start. If the goal at the half was to win the half and make things respectable, mission accomplished. And while it still doesn’t excuse the horrid start, it was nice to see URI put up a fight until the final whistle.
All in all, there’s not much to say about this one. The first half was unlike anything we’ve ever seen in terms of ugliness. The second half was a welcome sight, but the bottom line is that the game was well over at that point. We’ll cool down a bit after this one and have a more detailed breakdown coming up tomorrow.