The University of Rhode Island's men's basketball game set for today against the College of Charleston in Washington, D.C., has been cancelled.
A statement issued Sunday morning by the Rams said there have been multiple positive COVID-19 test results among players and staff in the program. URI and the Cougars were set for a 2 p.m. tip at the Entertainment & Sports Arena, which plays host to the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the G League affiliate of the Washington Wizards.
The Rams had a host of ticket requests for the game due to their extensive local ties. URI head coach David Cox, assistant coach Todd Bozeman and six players hail from the Mid-Atlantic region. Cox, Bozeman, Antwan Walker, Ishmael Leggett, Makhi Mitchell and Makhel Mitchell all list the nation’s capital as their respective home town.
The Rams were one of what felt like few teams in the nation to avoid a shutdown through the unprecedented 2020-21 season. URI managed to play 25 games overall – only VCU took the court more often in the Atlantic 10, playing 26. The Rams closed 10-15 but have rebounded to an 8-3 start in 2021-22.
This development likely puts Wednesday’s nonconference finale with Brown in jeopardy. URI is scheduled to host the Bears at the Ryan Center in a 7 p.m. tip, with Brown exiting its 12-day exam break. The Rams and Bears did not play last season and haven’t taken more than a one-year break in their series since prior to the 1918-19 campaign.
Neither matchup would hold much NCAA Tournament significance for URI. The Rams opened Sunday at No. 88 in the NET rankings and would likely need to secure an automatic berth by capturing the conference tournament in March. URI is scheduled to open league play when it hosts Dayton on Dec. 30.
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This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: COVID cancels URI-Charleston game on Sunday afternoon