Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has accused his side of getting swept up in their record-breaking winning run and march toward a potentially historic NRL finals series.After having their club-record 15-game winning streak broken by a draw with Gold Coast, the Sharks four-month run without a loss came to an end against a red-hot Canberra last week.For many of the clubs long suffering fans, it was the loss they had to have, and Flanagan said he was hopeful it would help them refocus just four weeks out from the semi-finals.He said he felt his team were losing sight of what was important in the weeks leading up to their defeat against Canberra, which saw them surrender top spot to Melbourne.We were in a little bit of a holding pattern two or three weeks ago where we knew we were going to be in the semis and we had to continue to win games on the way home, Flanagan said on Friday.I think we were looking too far ahead to the semi-finals and its hard to keep their heads down and work really hard when they know theyre going to be in the semi-finals.The players coming back from Origin, right across the game in all clubs, struggle a little bit when they come out of Origin and they see daylight and they see the semi-finals coming.Of course theyre quality players and they kick into gear and play really well in the last few rounds heading into the semi-finals.Flanagan was confident of a rebound when they face struggling St George Illawarra in a local derby on Saturday night.He admitted to giving his side numerous sprays in the lead up to last weeks loss after noticing his team getting caught up in the hype.Veteran skipper Paul Gallen on Thursday told Triple M that Flanagan had unleashed an award-winning dressing-down at halftime during their win over Newcastle three weeks ago.When asked about the incident, Flanagan said he had unleashed so many verbal tirades lately he found it hard to remember them.I cant remember them too much, they all sort of blend into each other, he said.But Ive had a couple lately.Weve got a great opportunity this year and we dont want to let it slip so sometimes young blokes think that things are going okay and even (skipper Paul Gallen), at this stage of his career, thought things were going okay and needed to be pulled into line. 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The premier program in the country that embodies everything youd want in a college program. It kind of means a lotJacob Evans scored 25 points and Kyle Washington had 23 for Cincinnati (2-1).Rhode Island trailed by 12 points and was down 39-31 at halftime, but took the momentum in the second half.Iverson gave the Rams their first lead with just under 14 minutes remaining, 49-48, with a pair of free throws.But the Bearcats responded by scoring the next six points, and the teams went back-and-forth from there.Matthews 3-pointer from the left corner put Rhode Island up 63-58. His 3-pointer from the other side made it 74-69 with 21 seconds left and the Rams held on to win, despite never leading by more than five points.We practice really hard. The A-10 and our practices prepared us for (the tough game), Terrell said. Everybody has to play defense at a high level. They do the same thing. 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No. 1 Duke is a handful the Blue Devils will be playing their third game in less than a week on Sunday and are extremely short on depth because of injuries.POLL IMPLICATIONS:Cincinnati may fall out of the Top 25, but shouldnt be hurt much by an early season loss to the nations No. 21 team, as long as they take care of business Sunday against Penn StateRANKING THE WINRhode Island beat a Top 25 opponent for just the second time during Hurleys coaching tenure. The only other win came against No. 21 Nebraska in 2014. The Rams are 15-96 against ranked teams.UP NEXTRhode Island is next in line to take a shot at No. 1 Duke. The Blue Devils remain on top until the new poll is released Monday -- despite losing to Kansas 77-75 on Tuesday. Duke beat Penn State in Saturdays first game.Cincinnati gets the consolation matchup in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off and will play Penn State on Sunday. 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