The Rhode Island Rams pulled away with a big win, 76-63, over Seton Hall on Wednesday night. Although the Ryan Center may have been empty, the Rams certainly brought the Ruckus against the talented Big East program.
Rhode Island’s win over Seton Hall is resume-boosting for the Rams. Rhody managed to pull away down the stretch from the Pirates in their first outing at the Ryan Center this season.
Fatts Russell led the way for the Rams with 17 points but, he was not alone as four players were put in double figures. Jeremy Sheppard put up 14 points, Makhi Mitchell collected his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Ishmael Leggett also posted 11 points.
Jalen Carey, Syracuse University transfer, was scratched from Wednesday night’s lineup for the Rams. Carey has played exceptionally well for the Rams this season, however, he was ineligible to play this game after experiencing tightness in his right leg. That did not stop the Rams from succeeding as they utilized players off the bench.
Ishmael Leggett and Makhi Mitchell were two of those players who managed to perform well off the bench and step up when needed for Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Rams (3-2) were sharp from both ends of the court especially against a Seton Hall team that played so well in the Big East last season. Rhode Island battled through the first 17 minutes of the second half. Seton Hall forward Sandro Mamukelashvili did not make it easy but, the Rams escaped with a huge team win.
The Rams started off the season, 0-2, dropping their first two games at the Mohegan Sun Arena against Arizona State and Boston College. They would manage to fight back for two wins against South Florida and San Francisco. Their defeat over Seton Hall marks what is now a three-game winning streak for Rhode Island.
URI is scheduled to travel to Western Kentucky to take on the Hilltoppers on Dec. 13th. This will be their last non-conference game before returning to Kingston where they will begin conference play against Davidson on Dec. 18th.