Rhode Island defeats La Salle 91-85

March 1, 2008 7:54:36 PM PST
Jimmy Baron scored 18 points, including five 3-point shots, and Kahiem Seawright added 16 as Rhode Island ended a five-game losing streak with a 91-85 victory over La Salle on Saturday. Keith Cothran and Will Daniels each had 15 points for Rhode Island (21-9, 7-8 Atlantic 10).

Darnell Harris and Ruben Guillandeaux each had 18 for the Explorers (14-14, 8-6), who had won five games straight.

Rhode Island never trailed in the second half and led 75-66 on a 3-pointer by Baron with 7:55 to play. The Explorers rallied behind Guillandeaux and tied the score at 81-81 on a Harris trey.

Baron answered with another three, and after two free-throws by Kimmani Barrett cut the lead to 84-83, Cothran made two foul shots with 26 seconds remaining.

After a La Salle miss, Parfait Bitee's breakaway layup secured the win.

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