Once again, the Rhode Island Rams took one of the better teams in the Atlantic 10 to the wire. And once again, Rhody came up just short. After 40 minutes of fight, URI fell to Massachusetts 70-67 last night at the Mullins Center. The Rams and Minutemen were knotted at 64 with 1:52 remaining, but UMass outscored Rhody 6-3 down the stretch as Rhode Island once again struggled to execute when it mattered most. So at 12-17 (3-11), how and why are things still looking up? Let’s check it out.
First off, if you were feeling a little irrational last night, you’re not alone. It’s tough to watch the Rams come up short time after time this season, even if you acknowledge that they’re getting better. Add in the fact that UMass is a rival and the frustration was to be expected. But after taking a day to let the loss sink in and look at the bigger picture… it still sucks. For now. But the signs are there and the pieces are falling into place: this team will be a good one, sooner rather than later. Don’t take our word for it – here’s what Dan Hurley had to say:
Hate the tough losses. Hate the record but I love the way our team competes. Proud to be their coach. Our time will come.
— Dan Hurley (@dhurley15) February 27, 2014
The Rams are back at it Saturday afternoon when they host the Richmond Spiders. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.