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NCAA Tournament Second Round: Duke’s size disrupts Rhode Island

Rhody falls to lengthy Blue Devils.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Duke vs Rhode Island Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Rhode Island’s season has ended with an 87-62 loss to Duke. This brings an end to a great four-year run for seniors E.C. Matthews, Jared Terrell, Stanford Robinson, Andre Berry, and Jarvis Garrett, who have won 91 games in Kingston.

From the opening tip, Duke’s size and length disrupted the Rams’ passing lanes, which led to them committing 13 turnovers. Rhody was able to shoot 40 percent from the field for the game. The Blue Devils’ big men dominated with Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., who combined for 35 points on 14-16 shooting.

In the first half, Terrell was held to one point, which was a free throw with under a minute left. He finished with 10 points for the game. Matthews was the only efficient Ram, scoring 23 points on 9-19 shooting.

With 40.2 seconds remaining, coach Dan Hurley took out his seniors to a standing ovation from the Rhode Island faithful.

Duke will take on the winner of Michigan State and Syracuse in the Sweet 16.