KINGSTON, R.I. -- Nikola Malesevic scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Rhode Island held off a late rally by Georgia State in a 65-60 victory on Saturday.
Xavier Munford finished with 17 points for the Rams (4-7), who won their second straight game.
Rhode Island took a 57-47 lead with 5:20 remaining in the second half on Mike Powell's 3-pointer. The Panthers responded with a 10-2 run, capped by Rashaad Richardson's layup to cut the deficit to two points with 2:25 left.
Mike Powell answered with a jumper and Ryan Brooks made a free throw to give the Rams a 62-57 lead with 1:47 remaining. Georgia State trimmed the margin to two points again after Manny Atkins' three-point play, but the Panthers (5-7) were unable to pull closer.
Shooting guard Jaylen Nowell, ranked No. 45 in the ESPN 100, chose the Washington Huskies on Wednesday over California. As a junior he led Garfield Heights to a state championship and was named MVP of the tournament.
Donnie Tyndall has filed an appeal to reverse the 10-year show cause penalty he received from the NCAA in April for violations that occurred while he was coaching Southern Mississippi.
Top-50 prospect Jaylen Nowell committed to Washington on Wednesday. Nowell, a shooting guard, is No. 45 on the ESPN 100.