Instant Replay: Rhode Island 68, St. Joe's 49

Instant Replay: Rhode Island 68, St. Joe's 49


St. Joe's did not have an answer for Rhode Island's shutdown defense on Wednesday night as the Hawks lost, 68-49, at Hagan Arena.

Three St. Joe's players had three turnovers each, while the team registered 13 and totaled its lowest scoring output of the season.

Rhode Island (20-9, 12-5 A-10) tallied six steals and four blocks, while its bench embarrassed the Hawks' subs, outscoring them, 27-9.

St. Joe's (10-19, 3-14 A-10) has lost nine in a row, tying its longest skid since January of 2011.

Turning point
The Rams went on a 12-2 run late in the first half, propelling them to a commanding 36-20 halftime lead. The Hawks never challenged that advantage in the second half.

First half
Slow, slow and slower gears for St. Joe's, as it struggled to get any type of offense in motion. The Hawks were 9 for 26 on field goals, while the Rams shot 16 for 30 (both teams were 1 for 3 from beyond the arc). Rhode Island had four steals, blocked three shots and forced nine Hawk turnovers.

Two minutes into the first half, Charlie Brown tied former Hawks Langston Galloway's and Arthur Davis' record of 65 three-pointers by a freshman in a season. He went on to break the record with 45 seconds remaining in the game.

By the numbers
• St. Joe's went 9 for 20 (45 percent) from the free throw line and was 2 for 9 (22.2 percent) from beyond the arc.

• Rhode Island shot 25 for 57 (43.9 percent) from the field and went 14 for 15 (93.3 percent) from the free throw line.

• Both teams had 18 points off turnovers.

Prior to the game, Javon Baumann and Brendan Casper (both team captains) were honored in St. Joe's senior night festivities.

What's next
St. Joe's will play its final regular-season game at Duquesne on Saturday with a 2 p.m. tip-off. Both teams are tied for last place in the A-10.

Rhode Island will round out its regular season at home vs. Davidson on Saturday for a 6 p.m. tip.

The Atlantic 10 Tournament begins next Wednesday.

Penn football falls late at home against Yale

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Penn football falls late at home against Yale


Kurt Rawlings connected with Christopher Williams-Lopez for a 4-yard touchdown with 4:11 remaining in the game and Yale rallied for a 24-19 victory over Pennsylvania on Saturday.

Rawlings threw for 199 yards and two scores for the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 Ivy League), who won at Penn (2-4, 0-3) for the first time since 2007. Yale's Zane Dudek carried 12 times for 103 yards and a score.

The Quakers, who trailed 18-10 at the half, recovered a pair of fumbles in the fourth quarter to take a 19-18 lead. The first turnover led to Jack Soslow's 44-yard field goal and the second resulted in a 2-yard TD run by Tre Solomon. But Rawlings led the Bulldogs on an 11-play, 80-yard drive for the winning score.

Penn senior Justin Watson caught 10 passes for 120 yards and a 23-yard touchdown reception. It was an Ivy League record 16th career game with at least 100 yards receiving and he tied a school record with a TD catch in his sixth straight game. His 27 career scores ties the school record.

Sliding Temple visits Army; Penn hosts Yale in need of Ivy win

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Sliding Temple visits Army; Penn hosts Yale in need of Ivy win

Temple (3-4, 1-3 AAC) at Army (5-2)
Michie Stadium, West Point, New York
Saturday, noon, CBS Sports Network

Last time out
Temple lost to UConn, 28-24, last Saturday.

Army beat Eastern Michigan, 28-27, last Saturday.

Scouting report
Last week against UConn, the Owls committed 12 penalties for 117 yards. Despite putting up 229 more yards and 13 more first downs than the Huskies, Temple couldn’t finish drives late in the game to pull out the win.

Temple’s schedule doesn’t get easier this week. The Owls play an Army team riding a three-game win streak and boasting the second-best rushing offense in college football (378.4 ypg). That will be the matchup to watch as Temple averages 167.1 rushing yards allowed per game, good for seventh in the American Athletic Conference.

Temple’s starting quarterback Logan Marchi missed some practice time this week, but head coach Geoff Collins said he expects him to play Saturday. If he can’t go, look for backup Frank Nutile to replace him.

What it means
Temple’s performance against UConn was embarrassing, while the Owls' bowl hopes would take a severe hit with a loss to Army. Tulsa and Cincinnati are the only other opponents on the schedule against which Temple should be favored. Navy and UCF, on paper, look to be tough matchups for the Owls.

Series history
Temple owns the 7-5 series advantage and is 6-1 against Army since 2008. That one loss came last year when the Black Knights beat the Owls, 28-13, at Lincoln Financial Field in Temple’s season opener. 

What's next?
Temple has its bye before hosting Navy on Nov. 2.

Army travels to Air Force. 

Penn (2-3, 0-2 Ivy) vs. Yale (4-1, 1-1 Ivy)
Franklin Field
Saturday, 1 p.m., NBC Sports Philadelphia+

Last time out
Penn lost at Columbia in overtime, 34-31, last Saturday.

Yale defeated Holy Cross, 32-0, last Saturday.

Scouting report
Penn has the worst scoring defense in the Ivy League, which doesn’t bode well for its chances in this one considering Yale has the best scoring offense in the league. The Quakers allow 32.6 ppg and the Bulldogs score 41 ppg. Penn’s total defense is also last in the league, allowing 449.2 ypg.

The Bulldogs take control on the ground with the best rushing offense in the Ivy. Zane Dudek and Deshawn Salter lead the Bulldogs, as both have rushed for more than 400 yards and each has seven touchdowns. Penn will have to win the battle in the trenches to slow down the Bulldogs.

Series history
This is the 84th meeting between the teams. The Bulldogs hold a 46-37-1 advantage but Penn has won 19 of the last 25.

What’s next?
Penn travels to Brown.

Yale hosts Columbia.