Rhode Island 81, UMass 78 OT: Orion Outerbridge Too Much For Minutemen

UMass' longest rivalry continues Wednesday night, as the Minutemen look to keep their hold on first place in the Atlantic 10 when they play 4-18 Rhode Island.

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UMass Vs. Rhode Island Final: Pesky Rams Hold Off UMass 81-78 In Overtime

The Atlantic 10 is having an extremely strong campaign with every team capable of winning on any given night; that trend continued Wednesday night as UMass, a team tied for the top spot in the A10, fell 81-78 in overtime to a Rhode Island team that came into the day all alone in the conference cellar.

Sophomore forward Raphiael Putney led four Minutemen in double-digits with 18 points and added eight rebounds a six steals. Sean Carter chipped in with 16 points and point guard Chaz Williams added 12 points. Williams continued to be all over the place on the road, hitting 4-of-11 shots and turning the ball over nine times, while also contributing eight assists and five steals.

Rhode Island senior forward Orion Outerbridge keyed the Rams victory with 29 points and 11 rebounds and three blocks in a game-high 41 minutes. Fellow big man Nikola Malesevic added 19 points and five rebounds, as the Rams thoroughly controlled the paint against the Minutemen. Rhode Island grabbed 48 rebounds compared to just 35 for UMass and earned 18 second-chance points on 19 offensive rebounds.

UMass had chances to win the game in regulation and to tie in overtime but fell just shy. Jesse Morgan's 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation was blocked and Freddie Riley's desperation three to tie it also fell short. The Rams finished the end of each stanza on a mini run, as they outscored UMass 6-2 to end the first half, recovered from a 58-54 deficit with 6:23 to play and hit their free throws in the final minute of overtime.


UMass Vs. Rhode Island Halftime Update: Late Rams Rally Spurs 36-32 Rhode Island Lead

UMass has been the top rebounding team in the Atlantic 10, one of the strongest teams on the glass in the nation all season long and consistently dominated opponents, unfortunately that hasn't been the case tonight. Behind a 26-14 rebounding advantage, including 11 offensive rebounds, Rhode Island grabbed a 36-32 halftime lead.

The Minutemen jumped to an 11-5 lead on the Rams five minutes behind five quick points from sophomore guard Jesse Morgan. Morgan and reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Raphiael Putney both finished with a team-high eight points for UMass.

Rhode Island was led by senior forward Orion Outerbridge who put up a game-high 15 points and six rebounds on 6-of-10 shooting. Point guard Mike Powell added eight points and two assists.

The Rams were able to close the deficit midway through the half and earned their first lead of the night with 25 seconds to play. A Powell 3-pointer, followed by a TJ Buchanan layup at the buzzer, capped a 7-1 run to close the half for Rhode Island.

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