Fordham has become a thorn in the side of the Rhode Island Rams. Rhody dropped their third-straight game at Rose Hill Gymnasium last night, 85-79 to the Bronx Rams. Losses to Fordham seem to sting a bit more (just because of their futility over the years), and it’s a sobering feeling today, much like last season. And outside of a few bright spots, not much went right for URI. Here’s what we can take away.
The good news is that Rhode Island’s offense was just fine. In the loss at Fordham, Rhody had five players score in double-figures for the first time since… last year’s loss at Fordham. Ugh. Besides the usual scorers – E.C. Matthews (20 points), Xavier Munford (16) and Gilvydas Biruta (14), URI got contributions from two others. Hassan Martin poured in 10 points despite a 3-11 shooting night. He added nine rebounds and five blocks for another solid effort.
But Jarelle Reischel was the real pleasant surprise. The Rice transfer put together arguably his best game since the season opener versus Maine. The sophomore put up 13 points on 4-6 shooting, including 2-2 from three. He also added four rebounds, two assists and two steals in his 29 minutes of work. With the Rams thin in terms of depth right now, they need someone to step up from the bench. If Reischel can be that guy, the Rams can hang with any team in the A-10.
Unless they can’t defend. Or rebound. Those were the two biggest issues last night. Besides the 85 points, Rhody allowed Fordham to shoot 46 percent from the field and 47 percent from three. URI was also out-rebounded 20-9 in the second half, allowing the Bronx Rams to finish the game with a 21-9 advantage in second-chance points. Allowing 19 offensive rebounds isn’t going to cut it. As for the free-throws… there’s not much to say anymore. Rhode Island is going to have to find a way to win games despite their struggles from the line.
Things won’t get any easier for URI this coming week. They’ll play their second-straight road game Thursday night against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.