Hassan Martin, a 6’7″ sophomore forward, led all scorers with 21 points while more ballyhooed sophomore E.C. Mathews had 14 points and shot 6 for 12 from the field, 2 for 5 from behind the three-point line. Sophomore center Jordan Hare quit the team, the university announced before the game. After the game, Coach Dan Hurley declined to comment on his departure.
“Tonight was about getting the jitters out,” Hurley said after the game. “I think we’ve got some pretty good depth. Our forwards played great. I thought our young guys played with a lot of fire, with a lot of spirit.”
Rhody had 11 steals, but they had 11 turnovers as well. Hurley said their turnovers will dictate the Rams success this year.
“The key statistic for us, all year long, is going to be taking care of the basketball,” he said. “If we take care of it … we have a chance to be a good team.”