URI Edged by Davidson 58-57 in A-10 Championship

  • URI Edged by Davidson 58-57 in A-10 Championship

URI Edged by Davidson 58-57 in A-10 Championship

The Rams split their two meetings with the Wildcats during the regular season, winning the most recent contest 63-61. The Hawks made 10 of their first 13 shots from the field in jumping to a nine-point lead.

Since starting the season 10-9, Davidson has gone 10-2, with its only losses at Rhode Island, and in triple-overtime to St. Bonaventure.

That means bubble teams such as Louisville, Arizona State, Syracuse and Saint Mary's won't have quite as long to find out whether they are in or out of the field of 68. "We played great offense today".

URI also leaned heavily on senior center Andre Berry to beat the zone defense that has become the Hawks' trademark of late. "He was a huge presence". After scoring 7 consecutive points, Saint Joseph's led 51-40. On the other side, the Rams are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven conference games and have failed to cover in 18 of their last 25 games played on Sunday. After St. Joe's tied the score on its next trip, Russell buried a 3-pointer with 5:42 to put URI in front for good. Jared Terrell's 3-pointer from the right wing gave URI its largest cushion of the day at 82-75, and Dowtin's 3-pointer with 19.3 seconds left effectively iced it.

URI will face the victor of the semifinal between St. Bonaventure and Davidson Sunday at 1 p.m.

The co-regular season champs are evenly matched - splitting their two games - and both looked dominant in their semifinal wins, but more fans, familiar rims, and the ability to sleep in their own bed is enough of a difference for the Quakers to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years. That's not the case this year, but they want it just as much.

The URI men's basketball team lost the A-10 Championship game 58-57 to third-seeded Davidson on Sunday afternoon in Washington D.C.

"We've been in the gym a lot lately", Dowtin said.