It was the ninth straight win for Xavier (9-4, 1-0 Atlantic 10)
over Rhode Island (12-4, 1-1).
Rhode Island was within 54-49 after three foul shots by Brian
Woodward with 13:03 to play, but Sato and Chalmers nailed
back-to-back 3-pointers to boost the Xavier lead to 60-49. And
Xavier kept the advantage in double digits for the rest of the
Sato came into the game averaging 25 points per game against
Rhode Island in his career, and had 14 in the second half.
Dawan Robinson led Rhode Island with 23 points.
Rhode Island ran off 14 unanswered points during a first-half
stretch and held Xavier without a field goal for nearly eight
minutes, but still trailed 39-31 at the break.
Lionel Chalmers, who scored 10 first-half points, had a steal
and dunk to push the Xavier lead to 37-31 late in the half. Two
Keith Jackson foul shots with 27 seconds left in the half gave
Xavier the eight-point edge.
High school junior Zach Brown, a 7-footer from Miami, has rescinded his commitment to UConn, sources told ESPN.
Reserve center Akolda Manyang has been charged with felony aggravated assault after being accused of punching a man in the face without provocation.
ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz discusses the need for the Pac-12 putting in place rules on that would prohibit storming the court after a win.