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March 2nd, 2011
KINGSTON â€“ You canâ€™t spell â€˜late-season collapseâ€™ without URI.
Technically you can, but thereâ€™s no denying that when it comes to winning when it matters most, the University of Rhode Island menâ€™s basketball has not performed when it counted.
The last three seasons URI has had a chance to puts itself in the NCAA Tournament, only to flame out late in A-10 play, followed by struggles in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
This year is a little different.
PROVIDENCE â€” Coventry wrestler Dylan Dupre just finished a fantastic freshman season with a sixth-place finish at the state tournament Saturday. Dupre should have been happy with the result, instead he was thinking about what he needs to do to become an elite wrestler.
WESTERLY â€” Designed plays look nice on dry-erase boards, but itâ€™s the top-level players who make the decision and are usually the reason a play works, fails or is changed in favor of something completely different.
Monday night, in the latest installment of the best Division II boys basketball rivalry, West Warwickâ€™s Max Motroni knew with his team trailing by a point with 16 seconds left in the game that coach Richard Grenier wanted him to drive to the hoop. Motroni saw the lane was closed and proceeded to bury a 25-foot 3-pointer.
PROVIDENCE â€” The West Warwick gymnastics team produced the best team scores in Division II on the vault and the floor exercise at Sundayâ€™s RIIL State Gymnastics Championships at the Murray Center.
The Wizards also only finished .1 of a point behind undefeated Exeter-West Greenwich leaving the uneven bars between the Wizards and a Division II title.
The Knights, ended up winning the uneven bars by 3.65 points to catapult past the Wizards with a team score of 128.025 to the Wizards 124.675 to claim the D-II title. The Wizardsâ€™ score was their season best.
KINGSTON â€“ There was a lot Cathy Inglese could have been talking about for the 30-plus minutes following the University of Rhode Island womenâ€™s basketball teamâ€™s 64-43 loss to Fordham Wednesday night.
She could have been yelling about the fact the Rams shot just 35.4 percent from the floor, or that they were outrebounded 37-28, or that they were outscored 51-23 in the final 25:10 of the game. She may have been discussing geopolitics, fashion trends or how the fans must have felt to watch a truly awful performance.
NEWPORT â€” West Warwick forward Ryan Lawtonâ€™s 25 points kept his team in Mondayâ€™s night game with Division IIâ€™s top team, Rogers. His 21 rebounds created numerous second-chance and transition opportunities for the Wizards. And his six blocks intimidated the Vikings in the lane.
But the juniorâ€™s biggest play in the 60-57 victory over Rogers came on one of his three assists.
With Lawton and fellow junior Max Motroni playing a two-man game on the left side of the court, Lawton kicked the ball out from the post and Motroni hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36.1 seconds remaining in the contest.
Fordham at URI, 7 p.m.
West Warwick at Warwick Vets, 7 p.m.
Narragansett vs. Prout at Boss Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Coventry at Hendricken, 7 p.m.
Narragansett at Exeter-West Greenwich, 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Middle school boys basketball
Slater vs. Narragansett at Bay View, 7 p.m.
Narragansett at Barrington, 7 p.m.
West Warwick at Westerly, 7 p.m.
Chariho at Pilgrim, 7 p.m.
Coventry at North Kingstown, 7 p.m.
East Greenwich at Rogers, 7:30 p.m.
Mount Hope at Prout, 7 p.m.
Toll Gate at West Warwick, 7 p.m.
Chariho at North Providence, 7 p.m.
Exeter-West Greenwich at Moses Brown, 5:45 p.m.
Hope at Narragansett, 7 p.m.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Pilgrim at Chariho, 7 p.m.
North Kingstown at Portsmouth, 7 p.m.
West Warwick at Rogers, 7 p.m.
Mount Hope at Prout, 7 p.m.
Chariho at Westerly, 7 p.m.
East Greenwich at Warwick Veterans, 5 p.m.
South Kingstown vs. Middletown at YMCA Newport County, 7:30 p.m.
Prout vs. Bay View at East Providence, 4:30 p.m.
East Greenwich vs. Tolman at Johnston, 3:15 p.m.
Narragansett vs. Middletown at Gaudet Middle School, 5 p.m.
North Kingstown at Cumberland, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13
St. Louis at URI, 12 p.m.
Tiverton at Narragansett, 4 p.m.