Bears Fall at URI in Exhibition Game
KINGSTON, R.I.—The University of Rhode Island scored 21 straight points in the first half to erase an early deficit as the Rams beat Coast Guard 83-31 in an exhibition game at the Thomas M. Ryan Center.
Coast Guard hung with the Division I Rams, members of the Atlantic 10 Conference, through the first eight minutes of play trailing just 10-7 with 11:55 left in the first half.
Senior Greg Marshall knocked down a 3-pointer in the opening minutes and freshman Kevin Alvarez had a steal and a layup as the Bears led 5-3 in the first four minutes of action.
Rhode Island led by just one at 6-5 at the first media timeout with 14:27 left in the first half.
Coast Guard led 7-6 following a layup by freshman Ryan McNeil with 13:34 to go in the half before the Rams ran off 21 straight for a 27-7 lead with 6:54 left in the half.
The Bears playing without three starters, junior guards Kevin Sowers and Devonte Weems along with forward John Benedict, who are all injured, trailed 40-16 at halftime.
Coast Guard was just 7 of 30 from the field in the first half with the freshmen making 4 of 7 while the returners were only 3 of 23 in the opening half.
Senior Ed Gailor scored the Bears first five points of the second half as Coast Guard trailed 44-21 with 17:50 left.
Rhody would score 23 of the next 25 for a 65-23 lead with 11:10 remaining.
Marshall led the Bears with seven points while sophomore Zach Wells added six points. Sophomore David Anderson had a team-high six rebounds for Coast Guard.
Coast Guard shot 25 percent from the floor (14 of 56) while making 3 of 10 from 3-point range.
Rhode Island made 33 of 65 from the floor (50.8 percent) and the Rams were 6 for 16 from 3-point range. Rhody outrebounded the Bears 51-28.
The Bears will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 16th vs. Salem State at the Williams Tip Off Tournament.