Matthews scores 22 as No. 21 Rhode Island tops Marist 107-65

Rhode Island's Christion Thompson (25) and Marist's Ryan Funk (30) dive after the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in South Kingstown, R.I. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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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.

BIG PICTURE

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.

UP NEXT

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.