KINGSTON, R.I. — With a sweet-shooting senior on one wing and a powerful guard capable of lighting up the scoreboard inside and outside, the University of Rhode Island basketball team has two of the premier guards in the country in E.C. Matthews and Jared Terrell.

“With E.C. back on the floor, and when we pass the ball like that, we don’t have to take a bad shot,” Dan Hurley, the URI coach said of the 38 points that Matthews and Terrell combined for in an 80-60 victory over Florida Gulf Coast Wednesday at the Ryan Center.

Matthews, from Detroit, Michigan scored 20 points on 5-for-9 shooting with six rebounds, while Terrell, from Weymouth, netted 18 on 5-for-10 shooting with six assists and four rebounds as URI (8-3) won for the fifth time in the past six outings.

With an RPI of No. 17 and having the 10th-toughest strength of schedule played thus far, the defending Atlantic 10 Conference champion Rams are “getting everyone’s best shot,” Hurley added. “We’re going to be hunted.”

The Rams had 17 assists on their 27 field goals, committed just five turnovers, and shot 16-for-21 at the free-throw line, along with three other players reach also reaching double-figures scoring.

It was a hotly-contested first half between URI and FGC (7-8, losers of six of its last seven), as there were eight ties and seven exchanges of the lead, with the Rams’ biggest margin at six points, while the 2013 Sweet 16 Eagles having a four-point edge.

Matthews and Terrell combined for 21 URI points over the first 20 minutes, with six rebounds too.

“We’ve learned how to win,” Hurley said of the depth of his guards, with Jeff Dowtin (11 points, six assists) and Stanford