Kingston, RI - Rhode Island took control early with a fast-paced tempo and swarming defense to send Brown to its first loss of the year, defeating the Bears by a 92-67 margin at the Ryan Center. The loss drops the Bears to 1-1 on the season, while URI moves to 1-1 overall.
The Bears were led by a trio of player, who scored in double figures. Freshman Sean McGonagill tossed in 11 points, handed out five assists, and grabbed a team high five rebounds. Senior Garrett Leffelman scored 11 points for the Bears, while sophomore Tucker Halpern chipped in with 10 points.
Delroy James was the top scorer for the Rams, slashing for a game high 23 points.
We did a lot of good things, but Rhode Island is a fast and quick team, who got us out of our comfort level," said Brown head coach Jesse Agel." "We never got comfortable with their pressure defense."
Rhode Island broke the game open early in the first half with a 15-1 run, turning a 14-12 advantage into a 29-13 lead with 11:30 left. The Rams led by as many as 18 points in the first half before settling on a 49-36 advantage at intermission.
Brown struggled from the field, shooting just 33 percent, connecting on 9 of 27 field goals in the first half. Rhode Island shot a torrid 63 percent (20 of 32) from the field at the half.
The Bears tried to claw their way back into the game and pulled to within nine points of the Rams, 57-48, with 13:09 left in the second game following a basket by senior Peter Sullivan. A 16-0 run by the Rams put the game away as Rhode Island grabbed its biggest lead, 73-48, with 8:21 left in the game.
Sullivan also turned in a solid performance for the Bears with nine points, five assists and four rebounds. Sophomore Andrew McCarthy added eight points on 4 of 7 shooting from the field.
The Bears will debut at home on Saturday, November 20, against Sacred Heart. Game time is 7:00 pm at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Pictured: Adrian Williams '11 heads up court against URI. photo by dspics.com