Rams Outlast Pioneers In Season Opener, 56-50
Nov. 19, 2005
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Jamaal Wise scored a game-high 13 points and blocked a shot late in the game to help Rhode Island hold off Sacred Heart 56-50 on Saturday.
Sacred Heart (0-1) shot just 18 percent in the first half and trailed 28-19 at halftime, but stayed close and was within four points in the final minute.
Frye's steal and dunk pulled Sacred Heart within 48-44 with 1:42 to play. He scored again after an offensive rebound to make it 52-48 with 22 seconds to play.
But Wise, who missed last season as a medical redshirt, blocked Tavio Hobson's shot with 15 seconds to play.
Tyrese Sullivan went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 37 seconds to help keep Rhode Island (1-0) in front.
Jimmy Baron had nine points for Rhode Island. He scored on a drive and followed it with a long 3-pointer with 1:16 to play in the first half to give the Rams a 28-16 lead, the largest of the game for either team. Sacred Heart led 12-11 after a pair of Luke Granato free throws, but Parfait Bitee hit a short jumper with 9:54 to play, putting Rhode Island ahead to stay.