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Rhode Island (14-17) vs. Massachusetts (23-7)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 13, 9 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Barclays Center (17,732) -- Brooklyn, New York. Television: NBCSN-Regional. Home Record: URI 11-6, UMass 11-2. Away Record: URI 3-11, UMass 7-5. Neutral Record: URI 0-0, UMass 5-0. Conference Record: URI 5-11, UMass 10-6. Series Record: Massachusetts leads, 84-58.

GAME NOTES: The sixth-seeded Massachusetts Minuteman take on the 11th-seeded Rhode Island Rams in an Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament second-round matchup at the Barclays Center.

The winner advances to take on the George Washington Colonials in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Rhode Island finished the regular season by winning its last two games, and three of its last four overall, including a 77-65 decision at home versus Fordham last Wednesday. In 51 games all-time in the A-10 Tournament, the Rams own a 21-30 record. URI returns to the tournament after a two-year absence.

UMass has struggled a bit of late, dropping two of its last three, including a 64-62 loss to No. 16 Saint Louis on Sunday. UMass has an all-time record of 34-32 in the A-10 Tournament.

Thursday's game against Rhode Island will be the 143rd between the two schools, with the Minutemen holding a decided edge, 84-58. The Minutemen have won 40 of the last 54 encounters, including both matchups this season.

E.C. Matthews scored 21 points to lead the Rams in their recent win over Fordham. Three others joined him in double figures, they being Xavier Munford (21), T.J. Buchanan (14) and Hassan Martin (13), with Martin adding 12 rebounds and Buchanan pulling down 11 boards to both complete the double- double. Trailing 33-31 at halftime, the Rams exploded for 46 points in the second period, shooting a scorching 65 percent from the field, including 6- of-10 from beyond the arc.

Mumford has been the team's leading scorer this season, dropping in 16.7 ppg. Matthews is hot on his heels with 15.5 ppg, giving the Rams an impressive scoring pair. Gilvydas Biruta adds 10.6 ppg and 7.0 rpg. As a unit, URI is scoring 68.0 ppg, but returns all the points by allowing opponents to net 68.2 ppg.

Chaz Williams finished with a game-high 20 points and nine assists, while Derrick Gordon had 15 points to lead UMass in the loss to Saint Louis. The Minutemen held a 35-33 edge at the break and led by as many as six in the second half before the Billikens rallied, finishing the game on an 8-2 run over the final two minutes. After Jordair Jett scored on a layup for SLU with 3.4 second left, Williams had a chance to win the game for UMass, but a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short.

Williams paces the Minutemen in scoring with 15.8 ppg, and he is joined by Cady Lalanne with 11.9 ppg and Sampson Carter with 10.7 ppg. Three other UMass players also average more than nine points per tilt to complete a potent offensive attack that is putting up a conference-best 76.4 ppg. Lalanne adds 8.1 rpg, ranking him in the top-five in the A-10 in that category.

The Minutemen are the best offensive team in the A-10, and the Rams have neither the defense to hold them down, nor the offense to keep up. Expect UMass to advance.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Massachusetts 76, Rhode Island 69

03/13 10:58:48 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
2nd
NCSU 54
BSU 50
 
2nd Intermission
PIT 2
CAR 2
 
4th
CHA 80
GSW 74
 
1st
UF 17
UNC 34
 
1st
TULSA 0
ECU 7
 
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
4th
CHA 80
GSW 74
 
Half
TOR 43
DAL 48
 
Half
DET 45
MIL 53
 
Half
ATL 41
NOP 28
 
2nd
HOU 25
LAC 35
 
2nd
OKC 40
NYK 13
 
2nd
IND 34
ORL 32
 
1st
SAN 8
SAC 8
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
PHO
10:00pm Tonight
POR
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
MIN
Final
WMICH 21
NILL 31
Final
SMU 9
HOU 35
Final
IOWA 34
NEB 37
Final
SFLA 0
UCF 16
Final
MARS 66
WKENT 67
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
Final
MIZZ 21
ARK 14
Final
SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
Final
AFA 27
COLST 24
Final
UCLA 10
STAN 31
2nd
VT 3
UVA 3
 
1st
TULSA 0
ECU 7
 
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
Final
TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
Final
NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
Final
RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
Final
DART 68
MAST 67
Final
WRST 59
FIU 61
Final
XAV 73
UTEP 77
Final
OSU 73
JMU 56
Final
TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
Final
TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
Final
AKAN 51
MIZST 55
Final
BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
Final
PROV 72
YALE 66
Final
UGA 62
MINN 66
Final
WISC 69
OKLA 56
Final
Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
Final
PEAY 62
STEPH 83
Final
FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
Final
VALPO 66
DRAK 46
 
Final
CIN 69
MTST 51
Final
SDU 75
PRIN 65
Final
WASU 76
RICE 74
 
Final
CSFU 64
USCU 79
 
Final
GT 61
RIDE 54
 
2nd
TXPA 71
ALAST 83
 
2nd
NCSU 54
BSU 50
 
2nd
TCU 43
BRAD 42
 
2nd
WAKE 56
DELST 63
 
Final
HART 83
EMERSON 50
 
2nd
STJ 46
GONZ 56
 
2nd
CLEM 54
HIGH 49
 
2nd
SYR 56
HC 37
 
2nd
MD 50
MON 44
 
2nd
JVST 60
SAV 57
 
2nd
MIAMI 87
SALA 75
 
2nd
RUTG 54
VANDY 55
 
Half
PETE 42
TENST 33
 
1st
MARS 22
CLST 33
 
1st
JST 25
HOF 37
 
1st
INDST 21
MEM 32
 
1st
UF 17
UNC 34
 
1st
LATU 23
SAMF 20
 
Half
TULA 43
SELA 37
 
Half
NEB 40
TENNM 27
 
1st
MISS 9
CREI 5
 
1st
PORT 10
MURST 11
 
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
MSU
9:00pm Tonight
ARK
UNT
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
STET
 
9:00pm Tonight
IND
UNCG
9:00pm Tonight
SJST
WMICH
9:05pm Tonight
MNTST
TXARL
9:30pm Tonight
UVA
LAS
9:30pm Tonight
STLU
MSST
9:30pm Tonight
COLST
PAC
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
NDAK
10:30pm Tonight
ILL
BAY
10:30pm Tonight
UAB
UCLA
11:30pm Tonight
WASH
LBSU
11:59pm Tonight
UCSB
MERC
Final
PHI 0
NYR 3
Final
ANA 1
CHI 4
Final
WAS 5
NYI 2
2nd Intermission
PIT 2
CAR 2
 
2nd
NJD 4
DET 3
 
2nd
BUF 1
MON 0
 
2nd Intermission
CLB 0
VAN 1
 
2nd Intermission
BOS 0
WIN 1
 
2nd
FLA 1
OTT 2
 
1st Intermission
STL 1
EDM 0
 
1st
DAL 0
MIN 0