Kingston, R.I. – Rhode Island used its fast break and disruptive defensive pressure to lead from start-to-finish in an 86-62 win over Brown at the Ryan Center Tuesday evening. Sophomore Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) paced the Bears with 17 points.
The Rams improve to 4-2 overall, while Brown falls to 4-3 on the young season.
"It wasn't a good night for us," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "Our team is better that we showed tonight. We're getting there, but are nowhere near where we have to be. Rhode Island thrives on putting pressure on you and forcing you out of your offensive rhythm."
Anderson scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and connected on 7-of-8 free throws. Bears' freshman Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN) added 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the three-point arc.
Fatts Russell put on an impressive shooting display for the Rams with a game high 20 points, connecting on 5-of-6 treys. Jared Terrell had 16 points for URI on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, while Jeff Dowtin added 14 points.
Rhode Island shot 61-percent for the game (36-of-59), while holding Brown to 34-percent shooting (19-of-55) from the field. The Rams also held a 37-30 rebounding edge.
The game was decided early with Rhode Island jumping out to a 20-7 lead out of the gate behind torrid shooting from the field (9-of-14) and inconsistent shooting from the Bears (2-of-11).
The game settled down and Brown cut the URI lead to 10 points, 28-18, on a free throw by freshman Matt DeWolf (Barrington, RI) with 3:39 left in the half.
A late Rhode Island surge that featured Russell scoring the Rams' last 10 points of the half gave URI a 43-25 lead at intermission. Russell finished with 13 first half points.
Brown returns home on Saturday, December 2, hosting Central Connecticut at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Tip-off is 2:00 pm on the Ivy League Network.