URI Beats Richmond, Moves Into First Place Tie With VCU In Atlantic 10

By HANK KURZ Jr.

AP Sports Writer

       RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – E.C. Matthews scored 26 points and Hassan Martin had 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds Sunday, leading Rhode Island to a 79-74 victory against Richmond. The Rams (16-5, 8-2 Atlantic 10) never trailed in winning their fifth in a row. They outrebounded Richmond 44-29 and withstood several rallies by the Spiders in the closing minutes. Kendall Anthony scored 28 points and Terry Allen had 19 for the Spiders (12-11, 5-5). They lost for just the third time in 13 home games, and may have lost key reserve forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa as well. Nelson-Ododa, Richmond’s second-leading rebounder and top shot-blocker, left the game when he was elbowed in the face contesting a shot after less than 8 minutes. Nelson-Ododa appeared to have a bloody nose. He eventually left the bench and did not return. There was no immediate word on his status.

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