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Martin's big second half keys Rhode Island in 65-53 win over Saint Louis to open A-10 play


ST. LOUIS — Hassan Martin scored all but two of his 15 points in the second half and added a team-high eight rebounds, helping Rhode Island put away Saint Louis 65-53 in an Atlantic-10 Conference opener on Saturday.

Gilvydas Biruta had 10 of his 14 points in the first half for the Rams (9-3), who have won four in a row overall — all by double figures. They've won six of seven in the series.

Milik Yarbrough had 19 points and eight rebounds for Saint Louis (8-6), the two-time defending A-10 champions, who couldn't overcome a season-worst 21 turnovers. Ash Yacoubou had 11 points and seven rebounds but missed the front end of the bonus twice in the second half.

Saint Louis hit seven of its first 11 shots and led by as many as eight points in the first half.

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