The Explorers (10-6, 3-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) erased a one-point deficit in the latter part of the first half with a 15-2 run, taking a 32-20 lead and never trailing again.
Rhode Island was hurt by its performance at the free throw line, hitting just 11 of 21 attempts.
The Rams have now lost three straight since beating LSU on the road on Jan. 4.
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