Muskateers Continue To Own The URI Rams

Xavier continues mastery of Rhode Island 72-45

      KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) – Tu Holloway scored 21 points and Jamel
McLean had 19 as Xavier defeated Rhode Island 72-45 Sunday night in
the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.
      McLean had 12 rebounds as the Musketeers (9-5) controlled the
boards 38-28 and won its 16th in the last 17 meetings with the Rams
(9-6).
      The Musketeers blew the game open with 68.4-percent shooting (13
of 19) in the second half and handed the Rams their first home
defeat in seven games, while winning their sixth consecutive
conference opener.
      Delroy James led Rhode Island with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
      A bad first half, in which the Rams shot only 25 percent (7 of
28), led to a statistically worse but equally ineffective second
half, in which they made only 7 of 29 (24.1 percent). Of their
3-point tries, only 3 of 27 connected (11.1 percent). It was their
second straight blowout, following an 84-59 loss to Florida on Jan.
3.
      
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