No. 25 Rhode Island, Davidson to play for A-10 title
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 12, 2018,
Mar 12, 2018, 4:32
The Rams won 90-87, moving to the A-10 final being played on Sunday afternoon. No. 25 URI advanced to Sunday's 1 p.m. finale and will take on No. 3 seed Davidson (20-11), which defeated No. 2 seed St. Bonaventure, 82-70, in the other semifinal.
From that point, the Rams rallied.
"Disappointing result there", Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley said. "We were fighting for our lives on the bubble coming in, but we were on a run".
Who We Like: Davidson's motion offense is rolling right now and the Wildcats' 2-3 zone gave the Rams' fits earlier this season. 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.
URI (25-6) buried that 78-48 debacle on February 27, executing when required against Saint Joseph's 2-3 zone. 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. "I saw an opening and took a shot".
Jared Terrell. A 6-foot-3 sophomore, Terrell averages 17.7 points and is a 41.6 percent shooter from 3-point range. At this year, we were kind of feeling safely in, and we lost our last two games, even though I thought we played well, you know, pretty well at Davidson, minus the last 40 seconds.
Dowtin was at the forefront of the comeback, as his 16 points and 10 assists gave him a second career double-double. Terrell is the focal point of a tough-minded team, and some of his best performances have come in big games, including his season-high 32 points on November 23 against Seton Hall.
Nearly 10 years ago back in the 2008 tournament, a sophomore Curry led a Cinderella 10-seed Wildcats team to victories over No. 7 Gonzaga, No. 2 Georgetown, and No. 3 Wisconsin to make it all the way to the Elite 8.
"We were getting clean looks from 3 and we were getting Andre in the paint", Hurley said. "We have had a great season".
"Let's go! Let's go!" shouted one player after the Rams came back from a seven-point deficit to beat No. 4 seed Saint Joseph's 90-87 in the Atlantic 10 Conference championship tournament.
Rhode Island will now wait to find out their NCAA Tournament seed and opponent when the bracket is revealed on Sunday night.
Rhode Island will attempt to win consecutive Atlantic 10 tournaments for the first time. We want to experience that again.