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URI tops West Virginia 83-70 in Hall of Fame Showcase

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Rhode Island broke West Virginia's press and broke down the Mountaineer defense in the second half of their game at the Hall of Fame Showcase.

The Rams' Jeff Dowtin and Fatts Russell each scored 18 points as Rhode Island pulled away for an 83-70 win at the Mohegan Sun arena in Connecticut.

Cyril Langevine added 15 points, Christion Thompson had 12 and Jermaine Harris chipped in 11 for Rhode Island (5-3) in a foul-filled game.

Wesley Harris scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Mountaineers (6-4), who have lost two of their last three.

The Rams, who led for more than 33 minutes, were up just 63-62 with 7 1/2 minutes left, but outscored West Virginia 20-8 down the stretch to secure the win.

''I think that these guys are starting to find a rhythm,'' said coach David Cox. ''I think they're starting to understand exactly what it's going to take from these guys and I think our freshmen are starting to grow up.''

Langevine had five early points and the Rams jumped out to an early 13-7 lead. But he was among the first to get into foul trouble, picking up two in the first five minutes.

He wasn't alone. The whistles came early and often and both teams were in the double bonus midway through the first half.

The teams combined for 56 fouls, 28 apiece. Rhode Island's Jermaine Harris and Dana Tate and West Virginia's James Bolden fouled out. Seven other players had at least three fouls.

''We knew we had to come out playing physical to set the tone,'' said Thompson, who had four fouls. ''Once we got adjusted and figured out how the refs were calling the game, we just had to adjust.''

Rhode Island led 45-43 at the break, but trailed 52-50 after a layup and free throw by Lamont West that capped a 7-0 West Virginia run.

But the Rams didn't panic and took control for good a few minutes later. A 3-pointer from Langevine gave Rhode Island a 69-62 lead and a layup by Tyrese Martin gave the Rams their first 10-point lead at 75-65.

West Virginia shot just 32 percent from the floor and made just eight of their 27 shots in the second half.

''Our two starting guards were 1 for 14, how are you going to win?'' said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. ''I don't think we were ready to play.''

BIG PICTURE

Rhode Island: This was the first time this season Rhode Island has put four or more players in double figures. The game was played at the Mohegan Sun arena in Connecticut, which is just about 40 miles from the Rhode Island campus, giving it the feel of a Rams home game.

West Virginia: Junior forward Sagaba Konate missed another game with a right knee injury that has been bothering him since the preseason. Konate set the West Virginia school record for blocked shots a week ago with seven against Pittsburgh and has 191 in his career. He also missed the team's game against Rider game on Nov. 28 with the injury.

NOT IMPRESSED

Rhode Island committed just nine turnovers against West Virginia's full-court pressure, while forcing the Mountaineers into 15 giveaways.

''They had six steals and we had one,'' Huggins said. ''We're supposed to be the best pressing team in America?''

STATS OF THE GAME

Rhode Island outscored West Virginia 44-24 in the paint and negated the pressure by getting out in transition, where the Rams got 14 points to just four for the Mountaineers.

UP NEXT

Rhode Island: The Rams make the trip back up Interstate 95 to host Bucknell next Saturday.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers are back home to host Jacksonville State next Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Cyril Langevine 26.0
  Lamont West missed 3-pt. jump shot 28.0
  Defensive rebound by Esa Ahmad 36.0
  Fatts Russell missed 2nd of 2 free throws 36.0
+ 1 Fatts Russell made 1st of 2 free throws 36.0
  Personal foul on Chase Harler 36.0
+ 1 Brandon Knapper made 2nd of 2 free throws 37.0
+ 1 Brandon Knapper made 1st of 2 free throws 37.0
  Shooting foul on Christion Thompson 37.0
  Defensive rebound by Esa Ahmad 44.0
  Christion Thompson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 44.0
Team Stats
Points 83 70
Field Goals 29-62 (46.8%) 18-56 (32.1%)
3-Pointers 5-17 (29.4%) 5-25 (20.0%)
Free Throws 20-33 (60.6%) 29-37 (78.4%)
Total Rebounds 40 42
Offensive 8 8
Defensive 25 28
Team 7 6
Assists 17 10
Steals 6 1
Blocks 2 1
Turnovers 9 14
Fouls 30 29
Technicals 3 1
18 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST
18 PTS, 9 REB
12T
away team logo Rhode Island 5-3 453883
home team logo West Virginia 6-4 432770
Team Stats
away team logo Rhode Island 5-3 69.5 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.2 APG
home team logo West Virginia 6-4 73.8 PPG 43.4 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
1
F. Russell G 14.2 PPG 2.7 RPG 3.7 APG 33.8 FG%
21
W. Harris F 7.9 PPG 4.5 RPG 0.8 APG 38.4 FG%
Top Scorers
F. Russell G 18 PTS 6 REB 5 AST
W. Harris F 18 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
46.8 FG% 32.1
29.4 3PT FG% 20.0
60.6 FT% 78.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Dowtin 18 5 7 7/14 1/3 3/3 3 37 1 0 2 0 5
F. Russell 18 6 5 6/16 1/6 5/8 2 37 3 1 1 0 6
C. Langevine 15 6 1 6/10 0/0 3/6 3 25 1 0 1 2 4
C. Thompson 12 8 1 2/5 2/4 6/8 4 29 1 0 2 4 4
J. Harris 11 3 0 4/6 0/0 3/4 5 26 0 1 0 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Dowtin 18 5 7 7/14 1/3 3/3 3 37 1 0 2 0 5
F. Russell 18 6 5 6/16 1/6 5/8 2 37 3 1 1 0 6
C. Langevine 15 6 1 6/10 0/0 3/6 3 25 1 0 1 2 4
C. Thompson 12 8 1 2/5 2/4 6/8 4 29 1 0 2 4 4
J. Harris 11 3 0 4/6 0/0 3/4 5 26 0 1 0 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Martin 7 4 2 3/6 1/2 0/3 2 26 0 0 2 0 4
O. Silverio 2 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/1 2 6 0 0 1 0 0
R. Preston 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Tate 0 1 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 5 12 0 0 0 0 1
M. Tertsea - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Dadika - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Leviton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Tsourgiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 33 17 29/62 5/17 20/33 30 200 6 2 9 8 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Harris 18 9 0 5/6 1/1 7/8 2 30 0 0 1 4 5
E. Ahmad 12 6 4 2/6 0/2 8/10 2 28 0 0 2 1 5
L. Routt 5 3 1 2/4 0/0 1/4 3 20 0 1 0 2 1
C. Harler 5 0 0 1/6 1/4 2/2 2 25 0 0 0 0 0
J. Bolden 1 1 2 0/8 0/5 1/2 5 16 0 0 4 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Harris 18 9 0 5/6 1/1 7/8 2 30 0 0 1 4 5
E. Ahmad 12 6 4 2/6 0/2 8/10 2 28 0 0 2 1 5
L. Routt 5 3 1 2/4 0/0 1/4 3 20 0 1 0 2 1
C. Harler 5 0 0 1/6 1/4 2/2 2 25 0 0 0 0 0
J. Bolden 1 1 2 0/8 0/5 1/2 5 16 0 0 4 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. West 9 8 1 3/9 0/4 3/3 3 25 0 0 1 1 7
B. Knapper 8 0 1 2/7 2/4 2/2 2 14 1 0 0 0 0
J. Haley 7 5 0 2/6 0/2 3/4 4 29 0 0 4 0 5
J. McCabe 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
A. Gordon 2 2 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 3 4 0 0 2 0 2
E. Matthews Jr. 0 2 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 2
S. Konate - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Culver - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Horton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Doomes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 70 36 10 18/56 5/25 29/37 29 200 1 1 14 8 28