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Rams Knock Off Georgia State for Second Win in a Row

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Rhode Island (4-7) never trailed as it won its second game in a row, beating Georgia State 65-60 Saturday afternoon.

With the score tied 42-42 and 9:56 remaining, Xavier Munford put the Rams on his back, scoring the team's next 12 points. The run for Munford was highlighted by a four-point play at he drained a 3-point shot and was fouled by Georgia State's R.J. Hunter. Munford's scoring spurt put the Rams up 54-44.

Georgia State (5-7) used a late 13-5 run to pull within 62-60 after a traditional three-point play by Manny Atkins with 1:27 remaining, but Rhode Island's defense blanked the Panthers the rest of the way to secure the win.

Inside the Box Score

* Senior Nikola Malesevic led Rhode Island with 22 points and nine rebounds. He added two assists and one key blocked shot on a Devonta White layup attempt with 28 seconds left in the game.

* Junior Xavier Munford once again reached double digits despite not scoring in the first half. Munford scored all 17 of his points after the break. Last time out against SMU, he finished with 11 points after going scoreless in the first half. Munford has scored in double digits in seven consecutive games, and nine times overall this season.

* Sophomore Mike Powell had nine points, three rebounds and two assists. Seven of Powell's nine points came in the second half. 

* As a team, the Rams shot 40 percent from the perimeter, making 8-of-20 on 3-point shots. It is the seventh time this season Rhody has made six or more shots from beyond the arc.

* Georgia State committed just six turnovers and Rhode Island did not record a steal for the first time this season.

* Senior Andre Malone had seven points and seven rebounds.

* All eight players who saw action for Rhode Island played at least 12 minutes. Malesevic logged 36 minutes to lead the team.

* Georgia State freshman R.J. Hunter scored a game-high 23 points and added six rebounds. Hunter entered the game as the leading freshman scorer in the CAA, averaging 14.9 points per game.

* For the second time this season, the Rhode Island defense held the opponent to less than 40 percent on its field goal attempts. Georgia State was 21-of-53 from the floor (39.6 percent), including 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) from the perimeter. The season low for opponent shooting percentage is 37.5 percent by George Mason.

* With the victory, Rhode Island evened its home record at 3-3. The Rams have won three straight at the Ryan Center, and four of their last six overall.

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