Mbang scores 22 to lead Rhode Island past New Hampshire

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP)—Joe Mbang scored 22 points and Kahiem Seawright added 13 points and ten rebounds to pace Rhode Island past New Hampshire 87-76 on Saturday.

Will Daniels and Parfait Bitee each had 14 points and Jimmy Baron added 12 as the Rams improved to 8-1 for the first time since the 1991-92 season.

Tyrone Conley led New Hampshire (3-3) with 22 points.

The Wildcats took an early 18-7 lead before the Rams went on a 13-0 run, capped off by Baron’s 3-pointer, for a 22-20 lead.

Both teams were hot from long range. Rhode Island connected on 10 of 24 3-point field goals (42 percent), while the Wildcats hit on 14 of 27 for 52 percent. Baron led the Rams by hitting 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Bitee equaled his season his of eight assists in the win.

New Hampshire narrowed a 21-point gap to ten with 4:09 remaining with a 14-3 run. But Rhode Island limited the Wildcats to three field goals over the final 3:54 to secure the win.

Mike Christensen, the Wildcats leading scorer, finished with 18 points, including four three pointers. Tyrece Gibbs added 17 points and eight rebounds for New Hampshire.

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 New Hampshire
M. Christensen M. Christensen
7-10,  18 Pts
5 Rebs, 4 Assists
 Rhode Island
J. Mbang J. Mbang
8-9,  23 Pts
3 Rebs, 1 Assists

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