Rhode Island beats Massachusetts 71-59

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP)—Keith Cothran scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the tell-tale second half as Rhode Island came from behind to defeat Massachusetts 71-59 on Wednesday night.

There were six ties in the second half. Rhode Island stayed in front for good after a 57-57 deadlock after hoops by Cochran and Delroy James and points from the foul line by Jimmy Baron and Kahiem Seawright. That put the Rams on top 65-57 with 1:10 to play.

The Rams also got 9 points and 8 rebounds from Will Martell.

Rhode Island, (19-8, 8-4 Atlantic 10), has won seven of its last eight games. UMass (9-15, 4-7) has dropped six of its last eight.

Ricky Harris and Chris Lowe had 15 points apiece for the Minutemen.

Rhode Island scored the last nine points of the first half, cutting a 12-point deficit to three, 31-28, at halftime.

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 Rhode Island
Keith Cothran Keith Cothran
11-17,  26 Pts
2 Rebs, 1 Assists
Tony Gaffney Tony Gaffney
3-10,  11 Pts
5 Rebs, 3 Assists

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