KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island pulled away late in the second half and upended Saint Louis 65-54 Saturday in Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball action at the Ryan Center.
The Billikens have lost four in a row and are 14-8 overall, 5-4 in A-10 play. URI improves to 12-9 and 5-4 in the league.
Sophomore guard Jordan Goodwin led the Billikens with 17 points. Sophomore forward Hasahn French registered his eighth double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 boards. He added two blocked shots.
Free-throw shooting hampered the Billikens, as they connected on just 6-of-16 from the line in a game that was close throughout.
Rhode Island, which snapped a two-game skid, was led by Jeff Dowtin’s 17 points.
The Billikens went up 4-0 early on, but that was their only lead of the game as URI scored the next six points. The Rams took a four-point lead, 24-20, into halftime.
It was no more than a two possession game for the majority of the second half. The Billikens tied it at 39-39 with 9:07 remaining, but URI went on an 8-2 run to regain command. The Rams built a double-digit lead following the under four media timeout and never looked back.
Saint Louis returns to action on Tuesday night when it faces Dayton at Chaifetz Arena. Game time is 8 p.m. (CT), and the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.