Today, the Rams of Rhode Island were looking for their first road win on the season but it would not be easy as they were taking on the Vermont Catamounts (America East) who came in with a surprising 4-1 record. This Vermont team already has a quality win under its belt beating Harvard (Ivy) on Thursday, which is not an easy task.
But for Rhode Island they had a phenomenal game and played two great halves of basketball to get the 76-66 victory. There are a couple of things from this game that the Rams did great to get the victory on Saturday. The first thing that they did great was playing good defense.
Defense is the key to win games and that’s what the Rams did today. They held the Catamounts to 35.7 percent shooting from the three point line and 40 percent overall from the field.
If Rhode Island plays like this more often maybe they can turn their now 2-6 record around before conference play starts in January. The Rams on defense also made Vermont turn over the ball 17 times which is great because Rhode Island would only turn over the ball 12 times. The turnover battle is key in basketball and it was in this game.
On the offensive end, the Rams didn’t do that much better than the Catamounts but they got a huge game from junior guard Xavier Munford. Munford who is averaging 18.0 points per game this season went over and above that as he scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds.
For the Rams to be successful this season, they are going to need Munford to keep on scoring the basketball.
Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.
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