January 12th, 2013
KINGSTON â The days of the University of Rhode Island menâs basketball team scoring 80-plus points are game are over, at least for this season. Maybe even for the near future.
Dan Hurley designed it that way. Defense does come first for the Rams and it showed on the court Saturday afternoon against Charlotte.
If URI figures a way to get the offense in the same stratosphere as the defense, it will start winning games.
Charlotte at URI, 2 p.m.
URI at La Salle, 4:30 p.m.
Toll Gate at Coventry, 4 p.m.
North Kingstown vs. La Salle, Middletown, South Kingstown at Aim High Gymnastics, 6 p.m.
South Kingstown vs. La Salle, North Kingstown at Aim High Gymnastics, 6 p.m.
West Warwick vs. Mount Hope at Strive Gymnastics and Fitness, 3 p.m.
Rogers vs. East Greenwich at Mageira Ice Rink, 7:30 p.m.
North Kingstown vs. Middletown at St. Georgeâs School, 8:30 p.m.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Midway through the first half and down only two to rival North Kingstown, South Kingstown coach Jim Champion called a timeout to settle his team.
âGuys,â he said, motioning to the scoreboard, âyouâre doing great.â
Championâs been around for a while, but even he couldnât have predicted what was about to happen.
North Kingstown increased its effort to move the ball around on offense and using their depth, tired out the Rebels and outscored them 19-3 in the final 7 minutes, 14 seconds of the first half en route to a 56-39 win Wednesday night.
WAKEFIELD â Phil Quinn doesnât expect the Prout girls basketball teamâs play to win a beauty contest.
But even he could admit Wednesdayâs win over West Warwick wouldnât have earned the Crusaders $10 in a game of Monopoly.
There will be no trip to Happy Valley for the University of Rhode Island football.
On New Yearâs Day, three URI football players tweeted the Rams would play Penn State in the fall of 2013. Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn wouldnât confirm the rumor Monday and Tuesday Penn State footballâs Director of Operations Kirk Diehl said he hadnât heard anything about the two teams playing. Tuesday evening URI head football coach Joe Trainer said the game was possible, but it wasnât a sure thing.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
URI at Richmond, 7 p.m.
North Providence at Chariho, 7 p.m.
Burrillville at East Greenwich, 7 p.m.
Rogers at Exeter-West Greenwich, 7 p.m.
Cumberland at Narragansett, 7 p.m.
South Kingstown at North Kingstown, 7 p.m.
Central Falls at Prout, 7 p.m.
Portsmouth at West Warwick, 7 p.m.
Chariho vs. Coventry at Providence Career and Technical Academy, 5:30 p.m.
Exeter-West Greenwich vs. North Kingstown, Portsmouth, Westerly at Providence Career and Technical Academy, 5:30 p.m.
You canât believe everything you read online.
Or can you?
The University of Rhode Island football teamâs 2013 schedule wonât be released for a couple of months, but based on what team members have been saying on Twitter, the Rams will play one of the most storied programs in all of college football next fall.
But a trip to Happy Valley is far from a certainty.