Rhode Island used stifling defense on the perimeter, holding Houston to well under its scoring average in a 67-57 win at the Ryan Center on Tuesday night. It was the first loss for the Cougars this season, as they entered the game with a 5-0 mark.
Trailing by one (7-6) less than four minutes into the ballgame, Rhody rattled off seven unanswered points - capped by a Jared Terrell 3-pointer - to take a 13-7 lead with 12:31 to play. URI would reach a double-digit advantage after a trey from Four McGlynn with 1:04 to left in the period and took a 33-21 edge at the break after Nicola Akele tipped in a miss as time expired.
In the second half, the Rams extended their lead to as many as 14, after a steal and a transition bucket from Terrell made it 53-39 with 6:31 to play. Houston switched up its defense and began to chip away at the Rhody advantage, cutting it to four points - 58-54 - with 2:20 to go. The Rams knocked down 7-of-8 from the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the win and close out the four-game homestand with a 3-1 mark.
Inside the Box Score
-33.8 - The Cougars entered tonight's game averaging 90.8 points per game. Rhode Island held them close to 34 points below their season scoring average.
Stat of the Game, pt. II
38:47 - Rhody led for a majority of tonight's game, with Houston holding a one-point edge for just :41 seconds. The score was tied just once - at 6-6.
Rhode Island will play its first true road game of the season when it heads to Lincoln, Neb. to face Nebraska on Sunday, Dec. 13. The Rams and Huskers will tipoff at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) and the game will air live online on ESPN3.com.
The Rhody Sports Network will air the game live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull. The pre-game show begins 30 minutes before tipoff.
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