KINGSTON – Despite a game-high 26 from Nikola Malesevic, the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team struggled on offense in their season opener against Norfolk State, losing 67-55.
The Rams shot just 28.3 percent from the field and 63.3 percent from the line en route to the loss. Without much height on the roster, URI continually struggled to work the ball inside, and instead had to settle for jumpers.
In contrast, Norfolk State expanded its lead in the second half thanks to the work of seven-footer Brandon Goode. Although he only had 13 points, Goode used his size to force Rhody guards to alter their shots, and he finished with 13 rebounds.
Norfolk State used their size advantage to snag 15 offensive rebounds against URI, even though they shot 44.6 percent.
On offense, Xavier Munford shot 3-for-19 for the Rams and didn’t get to the line. He finished with just eight points. Andre Malone went 3-for-11 and finished with 13 points, the only Ram beside Malesevic in double figures.
URI will go for their first win of “home” game is a neutral court game at Mohegan Sun on Saturday, Nov. 17.
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