CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Romain Sato and David West provided the usual recipe for success for Xavier in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
Sato matched a career high with 34 points and West had 26 and 16 rebounds as the 16th-ranked Musketeers cruised to their ninth straight victory, 93-70 over Rhode Island.
Xavier (18-4, 9-1 A-10 West) has not lost since opening conference play on January 7 with a home loss to Richmond. The Musketeers have won eight of the nine games during their winning streak.
Sato nailed a school-record nine 3-pointers, scored 22 points after halftime and equaled his career-best set against George Washington on February 14, 2002. He made 6-of-11 from beyond the arc in the second half.
"I felt good in practice and I worked out with coach," Sato said. "My teammates found me for open shots."
West, who came off last Saturday's 47-point performance against Dayton, scored 14 points in the first half. West has 17 double-doubles to lead the nation, including 10 straight.
Sato made 11-of-20 shots overall and 9-of-16 from the arc. West was double-teamed constantly, but still had his way inside in making 7-of-11 shots and 12-of-15 at the line.
"I thought David was, once again, incredible," Xavier coach Thad Matta said. "Twenty-six points on 11 shots from the floor. He was very patient."
Sato's 3-pointer opened up an early 15-2 lead and Xavier continued to expand on it as Rhode Island (15-7, 7-4 East) missed 14 of its first 15 shots. Back-to-back dunks by West made it 35-15 with just over four minutes left and the rout was on.
Xavier shot a healthy 49 percent (31-of-63) and held a 50-36 edge on the glass. The Musketeers limited the Rams to 27.5 percent (11-of-40) shooting in the first half. Anthony Myles was the third Musketeer in double figures with 13 points and freshman Dedrick Finn handed out a season-high 11 assists.
"It makes it a lot easier (with Sato and West)," Finn said. "Once you get them the ball, they're hard to stop."
Rhode Island made an attempt to get back into the game in the second half, pulling within 46-38 on Howard Smith's layup on the fast break with 17:18 remaining. Sato made a pair at the line to trigger an 11-2 burst that supplied a 57-40 advantage with 13:33 to go.
Sato's 3-pointer with 5:38 left to play provided Xavier's largest lead at 81-55.
"Xavier is as good as any team we've played because they can score points," Rams coach Jim Baron said. "West is as good a big man as we've faced. Sato is as good a shooter. They're a tough and physical team."
Dawan Robinson scored a season-high 19 points off the bench to lead Rhode Island and Lazare Adingono added 14 despite 4-of-14 shooting. The starting backcourt of Brian Woodward and Dustin Hellenga combined to make 8-of-27 shots for 22 points.
Xavier has won eight straight meetings with Rhode Island.