the republic logo

Biruta's tip-in lifts Rhode Island to 64-63 victory, keeps Fordham from first A10 win

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

NEW YORK — Gilvydas Biruta scored the game-winning tip-in off E.C. Matthews' air ball, lifting Rhode Island over Fordham 64-63 on Wednesday night.

Rhode Island (14-5, 6-2 Atlantic 10) quickly pushed the ball up to Matthews after Mandell Thomas made two free throws to give Fordham (5-13, 0-7) a one-point lead with 9 seconds left.

Matthews drove hard into contact and his first attempt just grazed the rim. He fought to control the rebound but lost balance and, as he fell down backward, tossed the ball up off target. Biruta grabbed the errant shot out of the air and redirected it in for the winning shot.

Biruta finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Jared Terrell led URI with 18 points.

Eric Paschall had 19 points, Jon Severe scored 17 and Ryan Rhoomes had 10 points and 16 rebounds for Fordham.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.