G. Ma­son pulls away from URI

Noth­ing goes right for Rams in de­feat

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By COLBY COT­TER ccot­[email protected]­cen­tral.com

KINGSTON — The re­sult be­tween Ge­orge Ma­son and URI on Sun­day was a mat­ter of per­spec­tive: ei­ther ev­ery­thing went right for the vis­it­ing Pa­tri­ots, or ev­ery­thing went wrong for the Rams. Maybe both.

Ei­ther way, GMU left town with an em­phatic 84-67 vic­tory.

“They beat us for 40 straight min­utes to­day,” URI coach David Cox said. “Em­bar­rass­ing ef­fort on our be­half. We were out-coached, out-played and out-worked thor­oughly. The re­sult was an al­most 20-point loss on our home court.”

The Rams missed their first 15 3-point at­tempts – a stretch of fu­til­ity only mit­i­gated by a pair of makes by fresh­man re­serve Omar Sil­ve­rio. Sil­ve­rio rep­re­sented all of the Rams deep con­nec­tions on the day; they fin­ished 3-of-25, and their sea­son per­cent­age has fallen all the way to 26 per­cent, fifth­worst in the coun­try.

Six first half lead changes came in rapid-fire suc­ces­sion, and was fol­lowed by Ge­orge Ma­son dom­i­nance. The Ram de­fense al­lowed five 3-point­ers in the first half, and trailed by dou­ble-dig­its for con­sid­er­able chunks of time.

“We got beat off the bounce thor­oughly,” Cox said. “De­stroyed off the bounce, couldn’t con­tain any­body. They were get­ting to ev­ery spot on the court they wanted to get. Par­tic­u­larly in the paint.”

Jor­dan Miller shed his red­shirt to ap­pear in a game for the first time in his col­le­giate ca­reer. The 6-foot-6 fresh­man bolted off the bench to score 14 points on 6-of-8 shoot­ing. Starters Justin Kier and Javon Greene han­dled the rest of the scor­ing du­ties - com­bin­ing for 34 points and three 3-point­ers.

The Rams twice made a com­pet­i­tive push to draw within sin­gle-dig­its in the sec­ond half, but the Pa­tri­ots were able to score enough to keep the come­back bids at bay. Sil­ve­rio’s 3-point­ers - and an as­sist on a Tyrese Martin lay-in - cut the lead down to nine points.

Rhody kept work­ing, and twice whit­tled down the deficit to seven points late, but that mar­gin had more than dou­bled by the time the fi­nal buzzer sounded.

Ev­ery area the Rams strug­gled in, the Pa­tri­ots ex­celled. They shot 41 per­cent on 3-point­ers, and hit 17-18 from the line. The Rams were a poor 10-17 on free throws, and their sub­op­ti­mal 3-point shoot­ing has been well-doc­u­mented.

“We shot the ball hor­ren­dously,” Cox said. “A lit­tle bit of it was the shot se­lec- tion. There were a few con­tested 3-point­ers, but man, we had some toes-to-the­line kick-out 3-point­ers that ei­ther missed ev­ery­thing or missed badly.”

“Just gotta get to the rim, to the paint more,” sug­gested Jeff Dowtin. “Get to the free throw line. Gives you con­fi­dence, rhythm.”

An 8-3 start for the home team was mis­lead­ing. Jer­maine Har­ris scored twice in the open­ing two min­utes, then dis­ap­peared the rest of the game. The fresh­man logged nine min­utes, and the two open­ing buck­ets rep­re­sented the en­tirety of his scor­ing out­put. He picked up his third per­sonal foul 30 sec­onds into the sec­ond half, and played spar­ingly af­ter that.

Cyril Langevine and Dowtin both scored 15 points, but didn’t have the type of ef­fi­cient games that could carry their team to a win. Langevine was 5-10 from the line and Dowtin was only 6-15 from the field, in­clud­ing 0-5 on 3-point­ers.

Langevine did post a dou­ble-dou­ble of 15 points and 14 re­bounds. Tyrese Martin con­tin­ued to trend up­wards, block­ing two shots and scor­ing 10 points on 5-11 shoot­ing.

The Rams played seven play­ers in their road win over Rich­mond, but ex­pand- ed back to nine in their loss to the Pa­tri­ots. Ryan Pre­ston spent a hair un­der three min­utes on the court, and Sil­ve­rio bounded into the game in the sec­ond half to score a ca­reer-high 10 points in only 10 min­utes of play­ing time.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Cox said. “We have to get back in the gym to­mor­row to ad­dress some things. First and fore­most, I have to find five guys who are will­ing and com­mit­ted to play­ing Rhode Is­land bas­ket­ball. With the tough­ness, phys­i­cal­ity and ur­gency that we have al­ways played with.

“Whether it’s five guys or seven, I will find those guys. We will right this ship come Wed­nes­day.”

“We just gotta go out there and be tougher,” Langevine of­fered. “Ev­ery­one knows we’ve been cham­pi­ons for the last two years, so they’re go­ing to come give us their all ev­ery time.”

The next team to give the Rams their best will be St. Bon­aven­ture on Wed­nes­day. The Rams have not lost two games in a row all sea­son, and hope to keep that go­ing against the 6-10 Bon­nies.

“It starts with me,” Cox said. “I’m not cast­ing the blame on any­body, I have to make sure these guys are ready.

“I can prom­ise the fans that show up on Wed­nes­day, you won’t see this type of per­for­mance again.”

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URI coach David Cox wasn’t happy with his team’s ef­fort or ex­e­cu­tion in Sun­day’s blowout home loss to Ge­orge Ma­son.

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