Matthews scores 22 as No. 21 Rhode Island tops Marist 107-65
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) E.C. Matthews scored 22 points and Hassan Martin had 15 points and 10 rebounds Monday night to lead No. 21 Rhode Island to a 107-65 victory over Marist in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
Kuran Iverson and Jared Terrell scored 14 apiece for the Rams (2-0), who are making their first appearance in The Associated Press Top 25 since 2007-08.
Khallid Hart scored 19 points and Brian Parker had 18 for Marist (0-2). URI shot 57 percent from 3-point range and outrebounded the Red Foxes 43-21.
Marist scored the first five points of the game and led 7-2 before the Rams reeled off 16 in a row. Rhode Island scored six of the last seven points in the first half to open a 25-point lead at the break and then added the first five points of the second.
Marist: The Red Foxes opened the season with back-to-back games against ranked teams, losing to No. 1 Duke in their opener on Friday.
Rhode Island: This is the easy part for the Rams, who played Dartmouth in the opener. It's all a warmup for No. 24 Cincinnati, followed by either Penn State or Duke, in the Tipoff Tourney's championship round at Mohegan Sun Casino.
Marist: Hosts Vermont on Wednesday night.
Rhode Island: Plays Brown in Kingston on Wednesday in the second of four games in the Hall of Fame tournament.