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URI Edged by Davidson 58-57 in A-10 Championship

March 22 2018, 05:45 | Van Peters

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

No. 25 URI 90, Saint Joseph's 87: Rams advance to second straight conference title game | VIDEO

No, fans of bubble teams, you didn't just wake up from a nightmare in the middle of Selection Sunday afternoon.

Rhode Island: The Rams will meet either second-seeded St. Bonaventure or third-seeded Davidson in Sunday's title game. Rhode Island managed a season split with both teams.

For the first time in program history the University of Rhode Island will play for back-to-back Atlantic 10 Tournament championships.

"Ball game! We dancin' baby!" "They're going to be a big problem next year with that group of young guys", Hurley said. "One of our goals was to win the regular season and win the tournament".

"Your heart kind of drops for a second", Grady said.

Reigel, whose brother is an assistant to coach Bob McKillop, saw the last opportunity for the Rams this way: "Pretty stressful".

No. 25 Rhode Island 90, Saint Joseph's 87. Dowtin added an insurance 3 with 19.3 seconds left to put the Rams up 87-81.

Sparked by back-to-back threes from Dowtin and Jarvis Garrett, the Rams went on an 11-0 run to take a 56-52 lead capped off by step back three from Matthews with 3:43 to play. After scoring 7 consecutive points, Saint Joseph's led 51-40.

"Whoever is going to draw them", Hurley said, looking ahead to the NCAAs, "is not going to want to see their name next to them". March Madness is upon us as 68 teams have now punched their tickets to the 2018 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Now the Wildcats get to play on, taking away an at-large berth from someone. The bad news for the Rams is that they have lost four of their past eight games.

Earlier today, a massive bubble game took place, as Davidson knocked off Rhode Island in their conference championship game.

Davidson: As the 12th-seeded team in the South Region, will face No. 5 seed Kentucky (24-10), the Southeastern Conference champion, at Boise, Idaho, on Thursday.

Key to the comeback was Rhode Island's offensive rebounding.

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