Rhode Island, a team viewed by many as one capable of being a dark horse in the Atlantic 10, won its conference opener Saturday afternoon at Saint Louis on NBCSN by the final score of 65-53. Dan Hurley’s Rams outscored the reigning Atlantic 10 champions (although this SLU roster is a lot different than the one that was led by Jordair Jett and Dwayne Evans Jr.) 38-26 in the second half, shooting 50 percent from the field and 12-for-15 from the foul line.
URI picked up the win despite an off day from the field for E.C. Matthews, who scored 12 points on 4-for-14 shooting. Forwards Hassan Martin and Gilvydas Biruta stepped forward to pick up the slack, combining to score 29 points with Martin also grabbing eight rebounds, and “Biggie” Minnis added ten points and four assists.
SLU’s Milik Yarbrough led all scorers with 19 points before fouling out, but nine Billiken turnovers provided the spark URI needed in the second half. The Rams converted those turnovers into 21 points, and for the game they scored 30 points off of 21 Billiken turnovers.
Above are highlights of the Rhode Island victory.