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Men’s Basketball Defeats URI for the Second Consecutive Season – Brown University Athletics

KINGSTON, R.I. – On the evening of the URI Ring of Honor induction for Brown assistant coach Tyson Wheeler, men’s basketball (3-8) defeated Rhode Island (5-4) 67-64 on Wednesday evening in the Thomas Ryan Center. The win is Brown’s second consecutive victory on the Rams’ home court.
Brown took care of the basketball with just eight turnovers and made the most of Rhode Island’s miscues, scoring 19 points off URI’s 13 turnovers.
Kino Lilly Jr. scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half. Aaron Cooley added 13 points and made three from long distance and the defense held URI to 23 percent shooting from three-point range.
“This was a great win for our program,” said head coach Mike Martin ’04. “We took care of the basketball against a physical team and played with urgency all game. We believe in how good we are and can be.” (FULL POSTGAME HERE)
The Bears were efficient from beyond the arc early with triples by Anya, Kloman and Cooley giving Brown an 11-10 lead at the under-16 media.
Moments later, Lilly Jr.’s floater among the trees, reminiscent of tonight’s honoree Tyson Wheeler, regained the lead for Brown, 19-18.
Kimo Ferrari shined quickly in his return, draining his first three-pointer and forcing a Ram turnover to regain possession for the Bears.
Malachi Ndur’s offensive rebound led to another Ferrari three to make the Brown lead six.
The Bears 11-0 run extended the lead to double figures before Rhode Island ended the run with two minutes remaining.
A 13-4 run to end the half gave Brown a 32-24 edge at the break.
Anya posted nine points and four rebounds, Cooley added eight points and Ferrari posted six with a steal. Ndur picked up two blocked shots.
Brown began the second 6-of-9 from the field and 3-of-3 from deep for an 11-point lead with 12:25 remaining.
Anya was aggressive on the glass, picking up two offensive rebounds to suck the momentum out of the Ryan Center.
The Rams rallied to cut their deficit to five with 8:54 left in regulation.
Lilly Jr.’s running hook ended the URI run and moments later, he silenced the crowd with a deep three to again give an 11-point lead for Brown. At the time of the timeout, Kino had 14 of his 18 points in the second with nine coming from long distance.
Despite being held without a field goal in the closing six minutes, free throws late sealed the win for the Bears as Brown defeated Rhode Island in the Ryan Center for the second consecutive season.
The Bears take on #RV Providence in the AMP on Sunday at noon. The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.


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