Rhode Island takes six-point lead over Bona into halftime

By PAUL GOTHAM

PITTSBURGH, PA — Hassan Martin netted eight of his 11 points in the final eight minutes of the first half as the Rhode Island Rams took a 32-26 lead over the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in the quarter-finals over the Atlantic 10 Tournament at PPG Paints Arena, Friday.

Leading by two, Martin scored back-to-back buckets in the lane. His jump hook gave URI a 29-24 advantage. The senior forward closed the stanza’s scoring when freshman Jeff Dowtin led him with a pass over Bona’s 1-3-1 defense for a lay-in and six-point advantage going into the break.

Denzel Gregg and Idris Taqqee paced Bona with seven points apiece. SBU’s Jaylen Adams has three assists, but URI’s defense has forced the junior point guard into five turnovers. Adams commits 3.3 mishandles per game.

URI has outscored Bona in the paint, 20-12.

Rhode Island beat St. Bonaventure, 71-59 in the only regular-season meeting between the two teams on January 28th.

The winner gets Davidson in Saturday’s semi-finals.

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