La Salle 73, Rhode Island 63

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) -- Steven Smith had 21 points and 11
rebounds to lead La Salle to a 73-63 win over Rhode Island on

Smith scored a basket with 6:01 to play to give La Salle a 63-51
lead. After Parfait Bitee hit two straight 3-pointers for Rhode
Island, Smith hit a long jumper with 3:49 left to increase La
Salle's lead to 65-57.

Bitee led Rhode Island (4-18, 2-9 Atlantic 10) with a
career-high 18 points. Jon Lucky added 13 for the Rams.

Jermaine Thomas scored 18 points and Darnell Harris added 15 for
La Salle (8-15, 4-8), all in the first half, and Richard Cunningham
added 12 points and six assists.

It was La Salle's first ever win at Rhode Island and its third
Atlantic 10 road win, the most in school history.

La Salle hit 7 of 13 3-pointers in the first half, with Harris
hitting four of those attempts. The Explorers led 37-29 at