Rhode Island against Saint Joseph's.

Upsets happen, home losses happen, and even blowout losses happen, but we don’t often see what happened to the Rhode Island Rams in NCAA basketball action Tuesday night against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks. The Rams entered the game in first place in the Atlantic 10 with a 23-4 mark (15-1 in conference), plus a No. 17 ranking in the AP poll and a No. 16 ranking in the coaches’ poll, while the Hawks were 13-15 overall and 8-8 in the A-10 heading into this one. But Saint Joseph’s went on to hand Rhode Island one of the worst home losses ever suffered by a ranked team:

Oh, and this was the Hawks’ first road win over an AP-ranked opponent in almost 40 years:

That’s pretty remarkable. And this was a night where nothing at all worked out for the Rams:

Saint Joseph’s led 35-16 after the first half, and Rhode Island was in trouble all night long. James Demery led the way for the Hawks, notching 21 points (on 10 of 15 shooting from the field) and seven rebounds, but he had plenty of help, with Taylor Funk adding 17 points and six rebounds and Shavar Newkirk chipping in 14 points and seven assists. And it wound up being a very memorable night for Saint Joseph’s fans. Not so much for Rhode Island fans.


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