A supreme defensive effort helped propel the Rams to a 59-47 victory over La Salle on Thursday night.
Rhode Island (12-5; 4-2 A-10) put the clamps on the Explorers early on (10-9; 2-4 A-10), holding them scoreless for a 6:30 stretch midway through the first half. URI would build as much as a 14-point advantage (25-11), with 4:36 to play in the period. The Rams would hold La Salle to just 17 first half points - tying the low mark for opponent scoring in a half this season.
While the story of the first half was defense, Rhode Island's offense was efficient over the final 20:00 of action. Rhody connected on 10-of-17 from the floor (58.8%), including making 9-of-13 inside the arc.
The Explorers got as close as nine points twice, but Rhode Island maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the period.
Inside the Box Score and Beyond
Stat of the Game
10 Rhody players saw action on the night and all 10 grabbed a rebounds, nine of them scored, seven logged an assist, four blocked a shot, and three tallied a steal.
The Rams host St. Bonaventure on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Thomas M. Ryan Center. The game will be televised live and can be seen on OSN (Cox ch. 5/1005 HD). A live web stream will also be available on CoxHub.com.
The Rhody Sports Network will also carry this - and every game - live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull. The pre-game show begins 30 minutes before tipoff.
As part of the nationwide Suits and Sneakers week in conjunction with Coaches vs. Cancer, there will be several initiatives throughout the Ryan Center before and during the game.
Coaches vs. Cancer
Both coaching staffs will be wearing sneakers on the sidelines, uniting to fight cancer and raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society, and fans also have several opportunities to participate in pre-game activities.
The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams, and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities.
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