Fordham opened play with a high-energy defensive attack, forcing three Rhode Island turnovers, and jumped out to a 19-11 lead with 12:48 remaining in the first half.
Rhody responded with a 8-0 run over the next four minutes to tie the game at 19-19. Fordham had four turnovers in that stretch alone.
T.J. Buchanan had six points in a 13-5 Rhode Island run spanning the final 5:31 of the opening frame.
In the second half, Dan Hurley's Rams scored 10 unanswered points in 2:30, highlighted by a thunderous Hassan Martin dunk off a behind the back dish by Jarvis Garrett.
After Rhody controlled most of the second half, Fordham tied the game with a 12-4 run capped off by an Antwoine Anderson and-one play with 2:21 remaining in regulation.
E.C. Matthews had the only field goal of the final two minutes for either team and he and Biggie Minnis each added a free throw to seal Rhode Island's fifth straight win.
Inside the Box Score
Stat of the Game
7 - Hassan Martin blocked seven shots and moved up to sixth all-time on Rhode Island's career blocks list (112).
The Rams will travel to Duquesne for a 1:00 pm tip-off against the Dukes on Saturday, Jan. 10. Following the road game, the Rams return to the Ryan Center to host 20th-ranked VCU on Tuesday, January 13. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. contest may be purchased by clicking here or by calling 401-874-RAMS.
The Rhody Sports Network will also carry each and every Rhode Island game, live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull. The pre-game show begins 30 minutes before tipoff.
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