WESTERLY — Coming off back-to-back losses, including a defeat in the Division II quarterfinals last week, and with its big Thanksgiving Day rivalry game looming, Westerly High had plenty of reasons to be a bit unenthusiastic about Friday night's D-II consolation game.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Compared with the challenges to come, Tuesday’s season opener at the Ryan Center was more quiz than test and the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team passed it with relative ease.