Matthews hit a 3-pointer to put the Rams (8-6) up 21-20 in the first half and they never trailed again. Munford hit a trey at 2:56, sparking an 11-2 run, and ended the half with another trey, giving the Rams a 43-28 halftime lead.
Gilvydas Biruta opened the second half with a layup and Rhode Island kept the Bears (6-6) at arm's length, outshooting Brown from the field 43.9 percent to 39.6 percent, but getting out-shot from beyond the arc 11 of 24 (45.8 percent) to 6 of 16 (37.5 percent), and out-rebounded 38-35.
It was the teams' 155th nonconference matchup since 1909-10, and Rhode Island leads the series 102-53.
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