Rhode Island was edged out by Duke at Cameron today, 82-79.
Rhode Island led by one at half time, 34-33. During the second half, Rhode Island out-shot Duke from field goal range, 59.3 percent (16/27) to 58.6 percent 17/29). They out shot Duke from three-point range in the second half 77.8 percent (7/9) to 20.0 percent (2/10), and they also out shot them from the free throw line 100 percent (6/6) to 81.3 percent (13/16).
So, how could a team, ahead by one point at the half, that outperformed their host team in every shooting category during the second half and still lose? Easy, the refs handed the ball to Duke 16 times at the free throw line in the second half, and just six times to the visitors.
Rhode Island's senior guard, Jimmy Baron, made eight out of ten three-point attempts en route to a 24-point performance. URI's front court also performed well. Rhode Island out-rebounded Duke 31 to 29. Junior forward, Delroy James, had 21 points and eight rebounds.
Jon Scheyer led Duke with 23 points, 13 from the free throw line.