Rhode Island 77, La Salle 65
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP)—Lazare Adingono scored 24 points and Dawan Robinson added 23 on Wednesday night as Rhode Island beat La Salle 77-64.
Rhode Island (15-6, 7-3 Atlantic 10) took a 42-23 lead in the second half following consecutive three-point plays by Dustin Hellenga and Jon Clark.
But La Salle (10-11, 4-6) went on a run that included three consecutive 3-pointers from Gary Neal, who had a game-high 30 points, to pull within 57-52 with 4:58 to play.
Rhode Island responded with an 8-3 run and Robinson scored six straight points to put the game away.
Robinson and Adingono combined for 26 of Rhode Island’s 32 first-half points as the Rams took a 32-24 halftime lead.
Adingono opened the game with a 3-pointer and also added two free throws after a technical foul on La Salle’s bench. Robinson, who entered the game when Rams’ leading scorer Brian Woodward got into foul trouble, made an immediate impact. He scored seven consecutive points, capped by a dunk at 14:39, to give Rhode Island a 14-2 lead.
La Salle battled back from the early 14-2 deficit to pull within 16-14 at 9:34 on a pair of Dzaflo Larkai free throws. David Bell, who scored six points in the first half, made two baskets during the 12-2 run.