Russell, Dowtin lift Rhode Island past struggling West Virginia

Russell, Dowtin lift Rhode Island past struggling West Virginia

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Russell, Dowtin lift Rhode Island past struggling West Virginia

Wesley Harris (21) shoots a free throw in the second half of WVU’s loss to Rhode Island in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase on Sunday, December 16, 2018.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

UNCASVILLE, Conn.–Fatts Russell and Jeff Dowtin each scored 18 points as Rhode Island overpowered West Virginia, 83-70, on Sunday afternoon in  the Hall of Fame Holliday Showcase at Mohegan Sun.

Cyril Langevine chipped in 15 points. Christian Thompson had 12 and Jermaine Harris 11 for the Rams (5-3).

Wesley Harris tallied 18 points and nine rebounds for the Mountaineers (6-4). Esa Ahmad had 12 points, six boards and four assists.

WVU has dropped two of its last three games.

Rhode Island led most of the game but the Mountaineers put together a 7-0 run to take a 52-50 lead when Lamont West completed a three-point play with 16:19 remaining.

However, the Rams refused to back down and went on a 20-8 run at the end of the half to put the game away.

Jermaine Haley (10) drives to the basket in the second half of WVU’s loss to Rhode Island in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase on Sunday, December 16, 2018.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Langevine sank a jumper to put Rhode Island in front 69-62 lead. Harris responded with 3-pointer cut deficit to 69-65 with 5:35 left but then WVU went cold.

The two teams combined for 56 fouls, 28 apiece.

The Mountaineers turned the ball over 15 times.

WVU forced just nine turnovers and had one steal.

“We don’t screen and we just don’t do anything hard,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “We kind of go through the motions. We don’t make hard cuts to the basket. We don’t curl hard. Everything is really soft and it’s 100 percent my fault. I’ve let things happen that have never happened before and that’s my fault.”

The Mountaineers shot 32 percent from the field, 20 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the charity stripe.

The Rams shot 47 percent from the floor, 29 percent from 3-point range and 61 percent from the free throw line.

WVU was without junior forward Sagaba Konate (knee).

The Mountaineers return home to face Jacksonville State on Saturday at noon.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

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