St. Joe's did not have an answer for Rhode Island's shutdown defense on Wednesday night as the Hawks lost, 68-49, at Hagan Arena.
Three St. Joe's players had three turnovers each, while the team registered 13 and totaled its lowest scoring output of the season.
Rhode Island (20-9, 12-5 A-10) tallied six steals and four blocks, while its bench embarrassed the Hawks' subs, outscoring them, 27-9.
St. Joe's (10-19, 3-14 A-10) has lost nine in a row, tying its longest skid since January of 2011.
The Rams went on a 12-2 run late in the first half, propelling them to a commanding 36-20 halftime lead. The Hawks never challenged that advantage in the second half.
Slow, slow and slower gears for St. Joe's, as it struggled to get any type of offense in motion. The Hawks were 9 for 26 on field goals, while the Rams shot 16 for 30 (both teams were 1 for 3 from beyond the arc). Rhode Island had four steals, blocked three shots and forced nine Hawk turnovers.
Two minutes into the first half, Charlie Brown tied former Hawks Langston Galloway's and Arthur Davis' record of 65 three-pointers by a freshman in a season. He went on to break the record with 45 seconds remaining in the game.
By the numbers
• St. Joe's went 9 for 20 (45 percent) from the free throw line and was 2 for 9 (22.2 percent) from beyond the arc.
• Rhode Island shot 25 for 57 (43.9 percent) from the field and went 14 for 15 (93.3 percent) from the free throw line.
• Both teams had 18 points off turnovers.
Prior to the game, Javon Baumann and Brendan Casper (both team captains) were honored in St. Joe's senior night festivities.
St. Joe's will play its final regular-season game at Duquesne on Saturday with a 2 p.m. tip-off. Both teams are tied for last place in the A-10.
Rhode Island will round out its regular season at home vs. Davidson on Saturday for a 6 p.m. tip.
The Atlantic 10 Tournament begins next Wednesday.