KINGSTON, R.I.—The University of Rhode Island scored 21 straight points in the first half to erase an early deficit as the Rams beat Coast Guard 83-31 in an exhibition game at the Thomas M. Ryan Center.
Coast Guard hung with the Division I Rams, members of the Atlantic 10 Conference, through the first eight minutes of play trailing just 10-7 with 11:55 left in the first half.
Senior Greg Marshall knocked down a 3-pointer in the opening minutes and freshman Kevin Alvarez had a steal and a layup as the Bears led 5-3 in the first four minutes of action.
Rhode Island led by just one at 6-5 at the first media timeout with 14:27 left in the first half.
Coast Guard led 7-6 following a layup by freshman Ryan McNeil with 13:34 to go in the half before the Rams ran off 21 straight for a 27-7 lead with 6:54 left in the half.
The Bears playing without three starters, junior guards Kevin Sowers and Devonte Weems along with forward John Benedict, who are all injured, trailed 40-16 at halftime.
Coast Guard was just 7 of 30 from the field in the first half with the freshmen making 4 of 7 while the returners were only 3 of 23 in the opening half.
Senior Ed Gailor scored the Bears first five points of the second half as Coast Guard trailed 44-21 with 17:50 left.
Rhody would score 23 of the next 25 for a 65-23 lead with 11:10 remaining.
Marshall led the Bears with seven points while sophomore Zach Wells added six points. Sophomore David Anderson had a team-high six rebounds for Coast Guard.
Coast Guard shot 25 percent from the floor (14 of 56) while making 3 of 10 from 3-point range.
Rhode Island made 33 of 65 from the floor (50.8 percent) and the Rams were 6 for 16 from 3-point range. Rhody outrebounded the Bears 51-28.
The Bears will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 16th vs. Salem State at the Williams Tip Off Tournament.