An elite second-half defensive effort spurred Rhode Island to victory because it knocked off Fordham, 52-42, Sunday afternoon.
Rhody (8-8, 5-4 Atlantic 10) trailed by 5 factors at first of the second half, as neither aspect discovered a lot offensive rhythm within the first half. Fordham (1-7, 1-7 A-10) was in a position to set up extra steadiness, getting seven factors off the bench from Ty Perry and 6 factors within the center from Joel Soriano. Rhode Island was led by 10 factors from Jeremy Sheppard, however no different participant had greater than three factors within the half as URI was simply 9-of-28 from the ground.
After the half, Rhode Island held Fordham to only 14 factors. The guests shot simply 22.2 % (6-for-27) within the half. Although it took a bit for Rhody to recover from the hump, URI ended the sport on a 13-2 run over the ultimate 6:50. This allowed the house crew to play in command down the stretch. A pair of Ishmael Leggett free throws gave Rhody its first lead of the second half at 39-38, and an Allen Betrand 3-pointer on the crew’s subsequent possession gave Rhode island the lead for good. Fordham made simply certainly one of its remaining 9 pictures, whereas URI hit on 5 of its final seven makes an attempt to tug away when it mattered most.
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Senior Jeremy Sheppard simply missed his first profession double-double, scoring a game-high 16 factors whereas grabbing 9 rebounds. He added three steals and two assists.
Freshman Ishmael Leggett made his first profession begin and had a career-high 12 factors with seven rebounds.
Leggett was 5-of-6 on the free throw line. No different participant within the sport attemped greater than two on the stripe.
It was the fourth totally different beginning lineup for the Rams this season.
All 9 gamers who noticed the court docket for Rhode Island had no less than 9 rebounds. URI had a large 47-29 edge on the boards. Sophomore Makhel Mitchell tied Sheppard for team-high honors with 9 rebounds.
Mitchell additionally matched his profession excessive with 4 blocked pictures.
Senior Fatts Russell missed the sport with a core muscle harm, snapping a streak of 31 consecutive begins. He’s thought-about day-to-day.
Rhode Island’s subsequent sport – for the time being – is at La Salle on Wednesday, Jan. 27.