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

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

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

The Wildcats were all too happy to disappoint those other folks whose hopes hinged on their result Sunday.

No. 1 seed Rhode Island won the regular-season title and upset Creighton in the NCAA Tournament before falling to OR last season.

"I would say, 'I'm sorry, ' but I'm not", said smiling senior Rusty Reigel, who was a freshman the last time Davidson participated in March Madness.

Saint Joseph's had the biggest lead in the game with an advantage of 11 at one point.

Rhode Island: The Rams will meet either second-seeded St. Bonaventure or third-seeded Davidson in Sunday's title game. Andre Berry also helped URI solve the Hawks' defense, making his first six shots from the field and leading five players in double figures with 18 points. "One of our goals was to win the regular season and win the tournament".

The Wildcats haven't done that since two-time NBA MVP Curry took the 2008 squad to victories over Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin before bowing out against Kansas in the Elite Eight.

Rhode Island would take that lead into the half.

Over on the Kentucky side, they're sitting at 24-10 on the year. "But we did another unbelievable job".

Dowtin had an off-balance 3-pointer with 19.3 seconds left to make it 87-81.

"We talked about what it felt like on Sunday previous year, landing at T.F. Green (Airport in Providence) and having hundreds of fans", coach Dan Hurley said.

The first round games start on Thursday and will run through Friday. "That's pretty good", Hawks coach Phil Martelli said.

The 68 teams that will be playing in the NCAA Tournament will be revealed today live on TBS. Now the Wildcats get to play on, taking away an at-large berth from someone. Davidson has won four straight games, including two wins over Rhode Island in that time. The bad news for the Rams is that they have lost four of their past eight games.

Davidson will get the conference's automatic bid.

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

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