PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - After being outplayed in the first half, the University of Rhode Island Rams took over in the second half Saturday and defeated the California Golden Bears, 72-63.
Five players scored in double figures for URI (16-5). Tyson Wheeler had 15, Preston Murphy and Joshua King had 14, and Cuttino Mobley and Luther Clay each had 10.
Geno Carlisle had 15 points for the Golden Bears (8-11).
After being outscored 33-26 in the first half, the Rams got their running game going in the second, and outscored California 21-7 to take a 47-40 lead with 13 minutes remaining. URI center Luther Clay, who had two points and two rebounds in the first half against the bigger Golden Bears, had three field goals in the run, including two of three URI dunks.
After California cut the lead down to one point at 49-48, Clay dunked again off an alley-oop, King hit a jumper and Murphy scored in transition. With five minutes remaining URI was up 58-50 and California got no closer than six points the rest of the way.
California, playing without leading rebounder Sean Marks who was injured, held the Rams' shooting to 10 for 33 in the first half to take a seven-point lead. Freshman Sean Lampley had 10 points to lead all scorers at the break. Wheeler and Mobley, the Rams two leading scorers, were held to three points on a combined 1 for 10 shooting in the first half.