Rhode Island (7-16) at Duquesne (8-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406) -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: URI 5-7, DU 6-6. Away Record: URI 2-7, DU 2-9. Neutral Record: URI 0-2, DU 0-1. Conference Record: URI 2-8, DU 1-9. Series Record: Rhode Island leads, 28-24.
GAME NOTES: The Duquesne Dukes welcome the Rhode Island Rams to the Steel City for an Atlantic !0 Conference tilt at the Palumbo Center.
A 75-72 home win over Dayton on Wednesday night allowed the Rams to snap a six-game losing streak. Their 2-8 conference record is tied for second-worst, and they are currently nine games under .500 on the season (7-16).
The Dukes had an even longer losing streak end on Wednesday, as they outlasted Temple, 84-83, in Philadelphia. The verdict snapped an 11-game skid and gave the Dukes their first league win of the season.
This is the 53rd meeting in the series between these two schools, and URI has won 15 of the last 20 meetings to take a 28-24 lead. In games in Pittsburgh, Duquesne leads 12-11. The two teams have split the last four meetings.
Xavier Munford knocked down a contested 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds remaining to lift Rhode Island to a narrow victory over Dayton on Wednesday. The Rams led throughout the second half after taking a 36-35 lead with 18:21 remaining on a Nikola Malesevic layup. The Rams pushed the advantage to as many as eight points, but Dayton rallied. Guard Kevin Dillard hit a long 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining to tie the score, setting up Munford's game-winner. Malesevic recorded his second career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He added a team-high and career-best seven assists to go with three steals and two blocked shots. Munford finished with a game-high 18 points, freshman Mike Aaman scored 11 points and sophomore Mike Powell added 10.
Munford is second in the A-10 in scoring, as he's averaging 17.5 ppg. Nikola Malesevic (10.5 ppg), Malone (10.2 ppg) and Powell (9.9 ppg) are also right around double figures. Malesevic leads the team with 5.0 rpg, but the Rams are next-to-last in rebounding margin (-4.9). Rhode Island has also struggled at the offensive end as it ranks last in the A-10 in scoring at 62.3 ppg, which can be blamed on poor shooting as it is hitting on just 40.5 percent from the field, also worst in the conference.
Derrick Colter scored 17 points, including a pair of key free throws with two seconds remaining, to lead the Duquesne Dukes over the Temple Owls, 84-83, in Philadelphia. Quevyn Winters led the Dukes with 22 points, Andre Marhold posted a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Sean Johnson chipped in with 10 points.
Three of DU's top five scorers are freshmen: Colter (12.9 ppg), Winters (9.3) and Jeremiah Jones (8.0). Colter and Winters combined to earn A-10 Rookie of the Week honors for three-straight weeks in December. Colter leads the team in scoring (0.6 ahead of Sean Johnson) and assists (121/5.04 apg).
Both squads are struggling to secure conference wins, so give the edge to the home team coming off its biggest win of the season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duquesne 65, Rhode Island 62
02/16 10:36:49 ET