RICHMOND, Va. -- Jeff Dowtin scored 21 points and Cyril Langevine grabbed 13 rebounds and Rhode Island beat VCU 65-56.
Rhode Island built a 30-15 advantage with 4:42 remaining before halftime before VCU closed the half on a 13-5 run.
Martin started the second half with a 3-pointer, Dowtin made a layup and Russell a jump shot to extend the lead to 14.
VCU, which earned five votes in the AP Men's Top 25 poll, had its three-game win streak come to an end.
De'Riante Jenkins had a team high 14 points for VCU, which saw their 21-game home winning streak end.
"Tough one today at the Stu," VCU Men's Basketball officials posted on Twitter. "Marcus Santos-Silva (11 points, 14 rebounds) with his sixth double-double of the year, but our comeback fell short. Rhode Island takes it 65-56."