"Let's go! Let's go!" shouted one player after the Rams came back from a seven-point deficit to beat No. 4 seed Saint Joseph's 90-87 in the Atlantic 10 Conference championship tournament. "We played great offense today". We have a championship culture, a championship DNA. After scoring 7 consecutive points, Saint Joseph's led 51-40.
Dowtin is from Upper Marlboro, Md., and played at St. John's College High in Washington, D.C.
Rhode Island shot 38.5 percent from the field. "We had to fight our tail off to win". "We feel pretty confident that he'll play". The Rams had possession for the remainder of the game, but Stanford Robinson missed a baseline jumper, and after the rebound went out of bounds with 10 seconds left, a contested 3-point try by Jeff Dowtin was off the mark.
"But what we talked about is what it felt like on Sunday a year ago (in the title game), you know, landing (at the airport in Rhode Island) and having hundreds of fans".
"We want to experience that again", Hurley said. "That's an exciting feeling". "So what's what we've talked about".
Davidson is in the championship for the first time in the conference after losing in the semifinals the past three seasons. Defensively, Davidson yields 67.9 points per game against the opposing teams.
Davidson's Peyton Aldridge was named the tournament's most outstanding player. "Like I say, we got some quality wins and hopefully it's enough tomorrow". It's not something we really know for sure.
The Rams are also feeling good. "One of our goals was to win the regular-season and win the tournament".
Considering how razor-thin the margins are, having those two teams so close to the edge of the bubble makes it seem very possible that their candidacy has been directly impacted.
"I guess it just took us awhile for us to settle in, into the moment", he said.
Over on the Rhode Island side, they're sitting at 25-6 on the season.
Rhode Island is 22-10 ATS in their last 32 games as a favorite, and 7-2 ATS in their last nine neutral-site games. "Being able to hit open shots, that's what we did".