Dec. 3, 2003
Providence, RI - Senior guard Brian Woodward scored 16 points as the University of Rhode Island held off an upset bid by Brown Wednesday evening, winning by a 66-62 score.
With the Rams down 62-59, Woodward connected on 7-of-8 free throws in the final 1:36, lifting his team to victory. After Woodward sank his first two free throws to bring the Rams within one point, Brown's Jaime Kilburn lost the ball out of bounds with :50 to play. Woodward was fouled at the other end of the court and converted both of the ensuing foul shots, giving the Rams a 63-62 lead with :36 left.
URI clamped down on defense, forcing Luke Ruscoe of the Bears to attempt a desperation baseline jumper with :09 left, which just missed its target. Woodward came up with the defensive rebound and was immediately fouled once again. Although Woodward missed his second free throw with a chance to put the Rams up by three, Brown tipped the loose ball out of bounds, giving possession back to the Rams and effectively sealing the game.
Down 57-48 with 4:58 remaining in the game, the Bears rallied, outscoring the Rams 14-2 over the next 3:10 and taking the lead for the first time since 2:53 remaining in the first half. Ruscoe started the run with back-to-back 3-pointers and finished it off with a pair of free throws.
The Rams trailed 27-21 with 5:41 to play in the first half, but outscored the Bears 10-1 to close out the half and take a 31-28 lead into the locker room. URI carried the momentum into the next period, outscoring Brown 17-5 during the opening 7:32 of the second half. Dustin Hellenga led the Rams, charge, scoring 8 of his 12 points during this run.
Dawan Robinson scored 10 points and tallied seven rebounds for URI (4-2). Ruscoe led the Bears (2-4) with a career-high 17 points, followed by Patrick Powers with 16 and Kilburn with 15.