Rhode Island 70, Massachusetts 62
Records: Massachusetts (12-12, 2-9 A-10) • Rhode Island (16-7, 8-3 A-10)
Location: Mullins Center; Amherst, Mass.
- Donte Clark led the Minutemen with 30 points (8-11 FG, 13-16 FT). It tied his career high, set in overtime against New Orleans on Dec. 16, 2015. He had 19 points in the first half (6-10 FG, 6-8 FT) and 11 more in the second (2-4 FG, 7-8 FT).
- With his 30 points, Donte Clark moved into 30th place all-time at UMass for points scored (1,159). He surpassed Lari Ketner (1,148), Will Herndon (1,148), Rodger Twitchell (1,151) and Chris Lowe (1,152).
- Rashaan Holloway earned his third career double-double with 12 points and as many rebounds. It reset his career high for boards and also marked his third double-double of this season.
- After Rhode Island started 3-for-4 on field goal attempts, the Minutemen locked in defensively and held them to 7-of-23 the remainder of the first half (30.4 percent). The Rams finished the frame 10-for-27 (37.0 percent).
- DeJon Jarreau reached 100 assists on the second with his second of the night. His 100th assist came on a pass to Rashaan Holloway for a layup with 19:48 to play in the second half. He finished the game with three and sits at 101 entering play at Saint Joseph's.
- Rashaan Holloway nearly earned his double-double in the second half alone, during which Holloway scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He shot 4-8 overall in the frame and split his boards between four on the offensive end and five from the defensive glass.
Rhode Island scored the opening six points of the frame but was unable to push ahead by more as the Minutemen kept the contest close on the strength of 19 first half points from Donte Clark
. Clark finished 6-for-10 After trailing from the opening possession, Clark evened the game at 19-all with a pair of foul shots at the five-minute, 52-second mark of the first.
After the teams traded scoring possessions, Rhode Island went back in front with eight of the final 11points of the half spread across four scorers for the 33-27 halftime advantage.
got the Minutemen back within a basket less than one minute into the second half as he connected on back-to-back layups to start the stanza. Holloway started a trend where the sides exchanged scoring runs through the next five minutes.
A 12-3 Rhode Island scoring stretch helped the visitors to a double-digit lead, 51-40, with 12:11 to play in the frame. Nicola Akele had six points in the run on a pair of layups and a dunk while four additional Rams put in one bucket apiece as balance keyed Rhode Island to an 11-point advantage.
The Minutemen chipped the deficit back down to five points twice in the last two minutes – with 78 and 53 seconds remaining – but were unable to respond on the offensive end further as Rhode Island converted eight free throws in that final span.
Head Coach Derek Kellogg
On not putting enough pressure on URI while the Rams were not scoring in the first half:
"It was a rock fight, basically it was a defensive grind. Even though we were covering them, we weren't really scoring on the offensive end. We had quite a few open looks there in the second half that didn't go down, and we've done a ton of shooting, especially here in Mullins Center over the weekend and into yesterday, so I thought [URI] was just a little better than us, just a bit of a better team right this second."
Sophomore Center Rashaan Holloway
On the frustration of seeing shots go in-and-out against Rhode Island:
"It was very frustrating, because I know that those are shots I make all the time, and I just haven't been making them lately. It's been hurting the team, because if they throw it to me and I miss it's deflating, so I need to buckle down."
Massachusetts hits the road for another trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, next. The team will play Saint Joseph's on Sat., Feb. 11 for a 2:30 p.m. contest broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.
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