UNCASVILLE, CT – The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team was about three minutes short in its quest for its first win, faltering down the stretch and losing 60-55 to the Seton Hall Pirates.
The Rams (0-4) led for much of the game, but saw a 10-point second half lead slowly evaporate as Seton Hall (3-1) pounded the paint, both with drives from guards and post-ups from Eugene Teague. The forward finished with a game high 21 points and nine rebounds.
In contrast, the Rams had to rely on their guards again. Sophomore point guard Mike Powell played his best game of the year, finishing with 19 points, five rebounds, four turnovers and two assists in 38 minutes, one night after he played 40 minutes.
In the final five minutes, URI struggled to get good looks at the hoop, committing three shot clock violations. The final one – a frantic 3 from Xavier Munford that went in – was in the final minute, but wasn’t reviewed.
Seton Hall took advantage, first with a 3 from Aaron Cosby, and then with a drive for two by Fuquan Edwin. The Pirates took a three-point lead, and an off-balance three-pointer from Munford clanged out. The Pirates then hit two free throws once the Rams fouled.
Playing their best games in their young Rams’ careers were Alwayne Bigby and Jordan Hare.
Bigby, forced into action for 23 minutes because of foul trouble caused by Teague, was a good source of energy off the bench. He finished with seven points, six rebounds and a steal, against one turnover.
Hare started the game, his first start as a Ram. He finished with four points, four rebounds and a block, and would have gotten more than 15 minutes time if not for his foul trouble.
The freshman made it into the lineup because of a one-game suspension of senior forward Nikola Malesevic. Following the game, URI head coach Danny Hurley said it was for a violation of team rules, but did not elaborate.
URI will look for its first win in an after-Thanksgiving home game against Loyola 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. The game will be broadcast on Cox Cable (OSN) and B101. Despite the lack of name recognition, the Greyhounds are 4-1 and have beaten some good programs this year.