Boy it feels good to write that headline.
What a victory for the Friars at the Dunk this afternoon. It wasn’t the track meet that everyone expected, even after the 39-38 URI lead after halftime. Both teams struggled shooting in the second half (both shot 36%).
After the back-and-forth first half, URI was in control for most of the 2nd. They lead by as many as 7 in the beginning of the half, and by 5 with about 3 minutes remaining.
Weyinmi Efejuku (game high 21 points) hit a huge 3 to tie the game with two and half minutes remaining. After a URI layup by Keith Cothran put them back up 2, Johnathan Kale responded with a nice inside shot. URI quickly answered again, and Kale was able to hit 1/2 foul shots to cut the deficit to 1. Baron missed a three (URI was 0-8 from beyond the arc in the second half), and the Friars had to chance to take the lead.
Down by 1 with ball and about 30 seconds left, Efejuku missed a jumper. However, Geoff McDermott grabbed the offensive rebound and got fouled as his putback just missed. 15 seconds remained on the clock.
Geoff McDermott, 17/40 on the year from the line, and 0-2 in the game already, was staring at two foul shots with the game on the line — And he nailed them both! The Friars took the lead by one.
Jimmy Baron (18 points, 16 in the first half) took a tough jumper for lead with time running down, but missed. Marquis Jones from URI got the offensive rebound, but couldn’t get another shot off. The Friars poked the ball away into the corner and time expired.
SOME QUICK STAT POINTS
URI 0-8 from three-point land in the 2nd half
Jimmy Baron scored just 2 points in the 2nd half
Efejuku lead the Friars with 8 rebounds (and had the game high in points with 21)
McDermott had 4 assists, 2 steals, and a block (all team highs)
Both teams had 11 turnovers
The Friars are now 6-3 and have 11 days off until their next game against Jackson State.
Check back tomorrow for a more in-depth recap of the game, with fresh bowls of pasta ready to be given out!