Xavier 81, Rhode Island 67

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) -- Romain Sato scored 22 points and
Lionel Chalmers added 21 to lead Xavier to an 81-67 win over Rhode
Island on Sunday.

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.

Anthony Myles added 15 points and nine rebounds for Xavier and
Justin Doellman chipped in with 12 points and nine rebounds.

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.