The Rhode Island Rams ran into their locker room Saturday, cutting through a hallway from the court at the Capital One Arena.
Hurley becomes the first Rams coach to lead the program to two league title games, with Tom Penders (1988), Al Skinner (1997), Jim Harrick (1999) and Jim Baron (2007) each reaching one.
The veteran big man is in the midst of a MVP-caliber season, averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals over 36.5 minutes per game.
Saint Joseph's wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 6 points from turnovers, compared to Rhode Island's 14. Ruthie Polinsky will be in Washington, D.C. where the Rams are in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
"Obviously, it was a pretty exciting semifinal Saturday", URI coach Dan Hurley said. Saint Joseph's piled up 47 points by halftime (the most in the opening 20 minutes against the Rams this season) to lead by seven, and still nursed a 70-65 lead on Nick Robinson's layup with 8:43 left.
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The initiator could have come loose when it was transported or the device may not have been well constructed, the court heard. Stephen Nash noticed a "blinding light and the feeling that he was in a furnace engulfed in flames", the court was told.
Cyril Langevine gave Rhode Island its first lead at 73-71 when he completed a 3-point play with 6:16 remaining.
Russell had another 3 with 4:29 to go, and Jared Terrell added a 3 off an offensive rebound and kickout on the Rams' next possession to make it 82-75.
The Hawks missed out on a chance to tie when Taylor Funk traveled near midcourt with 0.5 seconds left. "I saw an opening and took a shot".
Will a red-hot Davidson team keep rolling this afternoon when the Wildcats take on No. 25 Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 title game?
Top-seeded Rhode Island (25-7), though, will be in the bracket despite coming up short in its try for a second conference tourney title in a row. Rhode Island managed a season split with both teams. This time it was Saint Joseph's with feelings of postgame disappointment.