Rhode Island’s rough patch continues, as the Rams have now dropped three straight. This one came at the hands of Fordham, losing 66-63 in overtime. The loss is a particularly tough one to swallow, as Fordham entered at 1-10 in conference play, worst in the A10. This loss can be accredited to a combination of poor three point shooting and lack of experience – a couple things URI is all too familiar with.

As repetitive as it may sound, the Rams’ three point shooting fueled their struggles. The 1-14 performance from deep showed why the team is ranked dead last in Division I in three point field goal percentage (351st to be exact). You simply cannot hit 1 three pointer for the whole game and expect to win games, not at the college level. This flaw was exploited late in the game, as Christion Thompson and Fatts Russell both missed game tying 3 point attempts as time expired in overtime.

When it comes to lack of experience, freshmen made some crucial errors in this one. One of those errors was with 8:09 remaining, as Dana Tate picked up a momentum crushing technical foul. After Fatts Russell hit the first three for the Rams, Tate came up with a huge block and the Ryan Center was rocking. However, Tate picked up a tech for taunting which led to two made Fordham free throws. Seconds later, Fordham’s Jessee Bunting hit a go ahead layup to silence the crowd.

Tyrese Martin also had some costly mistakes for URI. After missing a layup with 40 seconds remaining, Fordham took advantage and made a layup of their own to cut URI’s lead to two. Fordham quickly fouled Christion Thompson, who missed the first shot in his one and one free throw attempt. Fordham’s Antwan Portley recovered the rebound with 32 seconds left and Tyrese Martin fouled him, sending him to the line. Portley also missed the first of his one and one attempt, but got a second chance because of a Martin lane violation. Portley proceeded to hit two free throws, which sent the game to OT.

“… those are some youthful mistakes and we’ve got to grow from that,” said Coach David Cox.

Cyril Langevine continued to play well for URI, contributing 14 points and a whopping 18 rebounds. Langevine also anchored the paint and had 4 of the team’s 15 blocks – which tied the program record for blocks in a game by the team.

Reflecting on the game, Langevine said, “No one wants to lose, but obviously we’ve got to keep our heads up. I’m just there to motivate our guys everyday to get better, on and off the court.”

Another great moment was the return of Jared Terrell, current Minnesota Timberwolves 2-way player. Rhody fans showed him a ton of love as he accepted his A10 Regular Season Champions ring.

Go Rhody!