The Rhode Island Rams are now winners of nine straight. Rhody has established themselves as the second-best team in the A10 as of now and kept their foot on the gas. Subsequently, the Rams have found themselves on the right side of the bubble in many bracket predictions. This has been a pivotal stretch for the Rams and tonight they took care of business.

Major Milestone

With 8:36 remaining in the first half, Senior Cyril Langevine sank a free throw for his 1000th career point. Langevine is now the 57th player in Rhode Island history to reach this feat. He joins Jeff Dowtin and Fatts Russell as current players who are a part of this impressive club.

Langevine said, “I finally got it, I’m happy to join them, and we’re just going to keep going from here.”

In addition to his milestone, Cyril provided 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks tonight. Undoubtedly he has made a major mark on Kingston and he’s not done yet.

Coach Cox said, “He’s been the embodiment of this program. When you talk about Rhode Island culture, you talk about toughness. You talk about defense. You talk about unselfishness. He’s all of those things wrapped up in one.”

Fatts Being Fatts

Fatts Russell has continued to emerge into a star for URI this season. Averaging 20.1 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.0 steals he is without a doubt the Rams’ best player this year. He performed like it again tonight with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Russell is beginning to gain national recognition for his performance as well.

Russell is most likely on his way to First Team All A10 honors, and it is very well deserved. However, his defense is quite possibly the most impressive aspect of his game. Establishing himself as a premier perimeter defender, Fatts is second in the nation in steals with 68.

Last But Not Least

Flying under the radar this year is Senior Jeff Dowtin. Jeff has been the Rams second-leading scorer and made a major impact tonight. Known for his knowledge and leadership, he put that on display tonight.

UMass played the entire game in the zone and Dowtin found ways to pick it apart tonight. That included three mid-range baskets and make from downtown. Also, he added six rebounds and four assists for Rhody. His role as a veteran is extremely valuable for a team filled with players looking to make it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

“We just have one goal,” Dowtin said, “and that’s to keep winning and keep playing together. Then we’ll see what happens from there.”

What’s Up Next?

Next, the Rams will travel to DC to face George Washington (13-9, 2-7). Similar to tonight this is a must-win game for Rhode Island. In order to maintain the two seed in the A10 tournament and NCAA hope, Rhody has to beat all teams below them in the conference. They cannot afford to slip up at this point in the season.

The Colonels are led by Senior Armel Potter. George Washington’s 6’4″ guard is averaging 14.5 points and 5.5 assists on 44.7% shooting. Head Coach Jamion Christian is in his first year at the helm and this will be his first career matchup with URI.

Fans can watch this Saturday at 12:00 PM on CBSSN.

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