KINGSTON, R.I. -- E.C. Matthews scored a season-best 24 points and grabbed six rebounds and Rhode Island notched its fifth straight win, topping La Salle 74-62 in an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup on Wednesday night.
Matthews was 10 of 17 from the field including three 3-pointers for the Rams (10-3, 2-0). Jared Terrell added 14 points, five rebounds and four steals and Cyril Langevine had 11 points and five rebounds.
The team had 10 steals contributing to 19 La Salle turnovers.
URI scored 19 points off La Salle turnovers in the first half and took a 33-26 lead into the intermission. The Rams outscored the Explorers (7-8, 1-1) 41-36 in the second half for the win.
Isiah Deas scored 17 points with seven rebounds for La Salle. Pookie Powell added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Amar Stukes chipped in 12 points.
Pookie Powell scored 28 points with seven rebounds and La Salle rolled to an 83-60 win over Saint Louis in an Atlantic 10 Conference opener on Saturday.
Powell was 12 of 19 from the field and 3 of 4 from beyond the arc for the Explorers (7-7). Amar Stukes scored 20 points with four rebounds and Tony Washington and Miles Brookins added 10 points apiece. Saul Phiri led the team with 10 rebounds.
La Salle shot 51 percent to 34 percent for Saint Louis.
The Explorers jumped to a 16-8 start and built it into a 44-19 advantage at the break.
Powell scored 10 points as part of a 12-6 run to open the second half, stretching the Explorers' lead to 56-26 with 15:16 to play.
Freshman Jordan Goodwin led the Billikens (7-7) with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Nana Foulland scored a career-high 30 points and Bucknell defeated La Salle 88-81 on Friday night.
Foulland was 12-of-15 shooting with Stephen Brown adding 21 points and Zach Thomas 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Bison (6-7). The senior trio came into the game averaging over a combined 50 points per game and finished this night with 67. The Bison shot 55 percent, which helped them counter 17 turnovers, and ran their home winning streak to 14, currently the ninth-longest nationally.
The Explorers (6-7) were led by a career-tying 29 points from Pookie Powell and a career-high 24 from Isiah Deas. La Salle was without leading scorer B.J. Johnson, out with ankle injury, and Miles Brookins, who was ill.
Bucknell led 41-34 at halftime and was up by 17 with 8:45 left in the game. La Salle got within nine, 82-73, with 1:54 to go but the Bison made 6 of 8 free throws from there to maintain a cushion.