KINGSTON, R.I. -- Nikola Malesevic scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Rhode Island held off a late rally by Georgia State in a 65-60 victory on Saturday.
Xavier Munford finished with 17 points for the Rams (4-7), who won their second straight game.
Rhode Island took a 57-47 lead with 5:20 remaining in the second half on Mike Powell's 3-pointer. The Panthers responded with a 10-2 run, capped by Rashaad Richardson's layup to cut the deficit to two points with 2:25 left.
Mike Powell answered with a jumper and Ryan Brooks made a free throw to give the Rams a 62-57 lead with 1:47 remaining. Georgia State trimmed the margin to two points again after Manny Atkins' three-point play, but the Panthers (5-7) were unable to pull closer.
Daryl Gross, who spent a decade as Syracuse's athletic director, will start as Division II Cal State-Los Angeles' AD in July.
Utah forward Brekkott Chapman, who averaged 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds last season, has transferred to Weber State, coach Randy Rahe announced Wednesday.
Former LSU forward Ben Simmons joins The Paul Finebaum Show to talk about the prospect of being selected first in the NBA Draft.