NEW YORK — Cyril Langevine scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to lead eighth-seeded Rhode Island to a 76-57 win over ninth-seeded La Salle in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Thursday.
Langevine, who was 9 of 10 from the field and 7 of 10 from the foul line, also grabbed 12 rebounds for the Rams (17-14), who will play top-seeded VCU in the quarterfinals Friday.
The Rams scored the first six points, four by Langevine, and never trailed. It was close through the first 10 minutes but with Langevine scoring eight points, Rhode Island went on a 16-3 run to build a 32-22 lead at the half.
Fatts Russell added 19 points, and Jeff Downtin chipped in with 12.
Saul Phiri led the Explorers (10-21) with 10 points. No other player scored in double figures for La Salle.
Jared Kimbrough had 14 points and eight rebounds as La Salle topped Fordham 72-57 on Saturday.
Pookie Powell had 14 points for La Salle (10-20, 8-10 Atlantic 10 Conference). Saul Phiri added 10 points. Traci Carter had seven assists for the home team.
Chuba Ohams had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Rams (12-19, 3-15). Jalen Cobb added 10 points. Ty Perry had 10 points.
The Explorers improve to 2-0 against the Rams on the season. La Salle defeated Fordham 73-71 on Jan. 23.
Chris Clover had 19 points as Saint Joseph's defeated La Salle 72-62 on Saturday.
Lamarr Kimble had 18 points for Saint Joseph's (13-16, 6-10 Atlantic 10 Conference). Jared Bynum added 11 points.
Charlie Brown, who led the Hawks in scoring entering the matchup with 20 points per game, scored only nine points on 2-of-13 shooting.
The Hawks forced a season-high 21 turnovers.
Saul Phiri had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Explorers (9-19, 7-9). Isiah Deas added 13 points. He also had seven turnovers but only one assist. Traci Carter had 11 points and six assists.
The Hawks evened the season series against the Explorers with the win. La Salle defeated Saint Joseph's 83-69 on Feb. 5. Saint Joseph's faces Rhode Island at home on Tuesday. La Salle plays Dayton on the road on Wednesday.