SAINT BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Dowtin and Jacob Toppin wrapped back-to-back dunks around a steal and Rhode Island held off Saint Bonaventure 81-75 on Saturday, pushing its win streak to six.
Fatts Russell led Rhode Island with 29 points, making five 3-pointers and breaking 20 points in four of his last six games. Tyrese Martin added 14 points and Cyril Langevine 13. Dowtin finished with 11 and Toppin seven. The Rams won on the Bonnie's home court for the first time since 2014.
Nursing a 75-71 lead with 36 seconds left, the Rams (14-5, 6-1 Atlantic 10) gained some breathing room when Toppin dunked, Russell stole the ball from the Bonnies' Kyle Lofton and threw to Dowtin for another dunk that made it 79-71 in a span of eight seconds.
Lofton led Saint Bonaventure (12-8, 4-3) with 15 points while Dominick Welch and Jaren English scored 14 apiece. Justin Winston chipped in 12 and Alejandro Vasquez 11. The Bonnies have dropped their last three.
The Rams scored 18 points off 13 Saint Bonaventure turnovers
Rhode Island faces George Mason on the road on Tuesday. Saint Bonaventure matches up against Fordham on the road on Wednesday.
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