Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Rhode Island vs. Davidson - 3/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rhode Island vs. Davidson - 3/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Matthews scored nine first-half points on three 3-pointers as Rhode Island led 33-32 at the break. This time it was Saint Joseph's with feelings of postgame disappointment.

The Rams had a shot for the win but sophomore guard Jeff Dowtin was off-the-mark with a jumper with one second left.

Grady's short baseline floater marked Davidson's first field goal in 12 minutes, 50 seconds and accounted for the one-point margin with 1:14 left.

Senior guard E.C. Matthews had 20 points and eight rebounds for the top-seeded Rams (25-7). Jared Terrell's 3-pointer from the right wing gave URI its largest cushion of the day at 82-75, and Dowtin's 3-pointer with 19.3 seconds left effectively iced it. "We had to fight our tail off to win".

For the second straight game, the Rams fell into an early hole on the opposite side of a red-hot start. The freshman chipped in more than half of URI's 26 points off the bench, with Jarvis Garrett also knocking down a pair of clutch 3-pointers during the deciding surge. "Our seniors mean a lot to us, so we took that kind of personal". "At this point I am a jumbled mess in terms of my mind", he said, just minutes after the Wildcats quieted the many Bonnies fans who had come to Chinatown. The Rams were 14-for-31 on 3-pointers on Saturday, a season high in makes, and URI handed out 22 assists against just five turnovers.

"Last year we were much more back-against-the-wall", Hurley said. "I saw an opening and took a shot".

Rhode Island shot 38.5 percent from the field.

Three players are averaging at least 13.1 points per game for Davidson, they are Peyton Aldridge (21.8), Kellan Grady (18.1) and Jon Axel Gudmundsson (13.1).

He was the only URI player to reach double-figures. "We have had a great season".

The Rams are in the title game for the third year in a row.

Rhode Island had lost to Saint Joseph's by 30 points on the team's Senior Night in Kingston, R.I.

The Rams will now await their likely NCAA Tournament marching orders, having snapped the two-game losing streak that ended the regular season but without the championship they coveted.

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