Rhode Island stops Houston 67-57

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) Hassan Martin had 14 points and Jarvis Garrett scored 11 in the second half as Rhode Island handed Houston its first defeat, 67-57 on Tuesday night.

Jared Terrell added 12 points and Kuran Iverson had 11 for the Rams.

Rhode Island (6-3), which has won five of its last seven games, dropped a close one to Providence 74-72 in its last outing.

Houston (5-1), playing away from home for the first time, trailed throughout most of the game. The Cougars were behind 33-21 at the half, and 51-39 with 6:35 remaining.

The Rams led 53-41 when Rob Gray Jr. scored 11 straight points and Houston closed to 57-52 with 2:50 remaining. Garrett made a layup and the Blackbirds hit eight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Damyean Dotson led Houston with 19 points and 12 rebounds.