Quick Hits: SLU Falls 64-62 At Rhode Island

Kwamain Mitchell

SLU scores just two points in the last 3:33 to lose 64-62 at Rhode Island. Are the Bills back on the bubble?

Game ball: Orion Outerbridge. The 6-foot-9 senior forward was exceptional and ended with 18 points. Billy Baron gets an honorable mention for his game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds left.

Key number: 44. That's how many rebounds Rhody had. 14 of those were on the offensive end. The Bills simply couldn't get the boards when they needed to.

Weix's Take: This was the one loss that SLU couldn't have. URI is a sub-250 RPI team, and since the Billikens don't have any top 50 wins, the resume is starting to look quite flimsy. With a weak bubble, the Billikens are likely still in the tournament at this point. The last two games now become huge.

Alas, on to the game. Every time the Rams went on a run, SLU responded. That pattern continued until roughly seven minutes left with Kwamain Mitchell on the bench. The Rams went on a run and by the time Mitchell came back in, it was a tie ballgame. A Cody Ellis four-point play figured to give SLU the edge, and Dwayne Evans used a putback to restore the lead to four points with 2:52 left. From there on, however, SLU didn't score any more points. Some tough defense from the Rams denied two Ellis deep attempts and a desperation look from Mike McCall. Billy Baron then drove the lane and connected with 4.5 seconds left to put Rhody on top for good. McCall's 15-foot floater went begging at the buzzer.

Up next: SLU doesn't get much of a break as Xavier comes to town on Tuesday. The Billikens and Musketeers both need this win badly.

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