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Rhode Island beats Saint Joseph's by 3, 90-87 - Recap, Box score

12 March, 2018

Saint Joseph's had the biggest lead in the game with an advantage of 11 at one point. Top-seeded and No. 25 Rhode Island looked like a lock to get into the field of 68 no matter what happened Sunday.

That means the Rams will take a bid from someone.

Cyril Langevine gave Rhode Island its first lead, 73-71, when he completed a 3-point play with 6:16 remaining. Davidson rallied down the stretch to down the Rams, 63-61, in the regular-season finale on March 2.

The Wildcats haven't done that since two-time NBA MVP Curry took the 2008 squad to victories over Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin before bowing out against Kansas in the Elite Eight.

Rhode Island breezed through most of conference play and played a challenging nonconference schedule.

"But what we talked about is what it felt like on Sunday a year ago (in the title game), you know, landing (at the airport in Rhode Island) and having hundreds of fans".

Davis, who turned 25 years old on Sunday, suffered an ankle injury during the Pelicans' win over the Sacramento Kings last Wednesday and ended up sitting out of New Orleans' loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday evening. "But we did another unbelievable job".

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Saint Joseph's wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 6 points from turnovers, compared to Rhode Island's 14.

Dowtin had an off-balance 3-pointer with 19.3 seconds left to make it 87-81.

"We have championship culture, championship DNA, and we showed it today", URI coach Dan Hurley said. "Having that four-point lead makes it just hurt".

"Coach drew up an wonderful play", Dowtin said. And there appears to be a decent chance that the team bumped out of the NCAA Tournament comes from the ACC.

Rhode Island is the first No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 to reach the conference championship game since Saint Louis in 2013.

Davidson will get the conference's automatic bid.

Rhode Island: As the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region, plays 10th-seeded Oklahoma (18-13) and freshman sensation Trae Young at Pittsburgh on Thursday.

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