URI was led by E.C. Matthews, who poured in 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting from the field.
Andre Berry had 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Rams, while Jeff Dowtin added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Now, the Rams are one step closer to repeating their Selection Sunday itinerary from a year ago.
Rhode Island: A conference championship would have been nice, of course, but a trip to the NCAAs was going to happen, anyway. Terrell is the focal point of a tough-minded team, and some of his best performances have come in big games, including his season-high 32 points on November 23 against Seton Hall.
Dowtin is from Upper Marlboro, Md., and played at St. John's College High in Washington, D.C.
The Rams never trailed in the final 5:42, jumping ahead for good when Russell knocked down a 3-pointer from the left corner to make it 76-73.
Dowtin had an off-balance 3-pointer with 19.3 seconds left to make it 87-81.
Rhode Island: As the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region, plays 10th-seeded Oklahoma (18-13) and freshman sensation Trae Young at Pittsburgh on Thursday. Beyond that, the Hawks more than matched Rhode Island.
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"The last three years we got to the semifinals and were unable to pull it out", Aldridge said.
No. 1 seed Rhode Island won the regular-season title and upset Creighton in the NCAA Tournament before falling to OR last season. "Being able to hit open shots, that's what we did".
Saint Joseph's: The Hawks won seven of eight before Saturday's loss and started only one senior in the conference tournament. "One of our goals was to win the regular season and win the tournament". They're poised to contend in the Atlantic 10 again next season.
Davidson did manage a victory, beating Rhode Island 68-67 on Sunday.
Saint Joseph's: The Hawks' season is likely finished.
Points in the paint were controlled by Saint Joseph's, with 40 points, compared to Rhode Island's 28.