KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) E.C. Matthews scored 18 points as Rhode Island pulled away from North Carolina A&T in the second half, winning 72-59.
North Carolina A&T (1-2) played head-to -head with Rhode Island (2-1) in the first half which featured nine lead changes and seven ties. NC A&T led the Rams at the half 33-32, but Rhode Island turned it around in the second pulling off a 16-0 run and led 53-38 with 10 minutes left. Rhode Island cruised to the buzzer.
Xavier Munford scored 13 Rhode Island points and Jarelle Reischel scored 12. The Rams shot 50 percent in the second half, but only 17 percent from the 3-point line for the game. Rhode Island outscored NC A&M 19-6 in second chance points coming-off offensive rebounds.
Bruce Beckford netted 14 points and Lamont Middleton had 13 for the Aggies.