No. 25 RIC TOPS MEN'S BASKETBALL, 83-58BOSTON, MA - The number 25 Rhode Island College men's basketball team placed four players in double figures to pick up an impressive 83-58 victory over University of Massachusetts Boston in Little East Conference play this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The win improves the Anchormen, who are nationally ranked by D3Hoops.com, to 4-2 on the season, 1-0 in the LEC. With the defeat, the Beacons drop to 2-4 overall, 0-1 in LEC play.
Sophomore guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI), senior guard Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) and senior center Wil Lyons (Warwick, RI) each dropped 15 points for RIC in a balanced offensive attack that saw 10 players score at least one field goal and 13 players log minutes.
Freshman forward Paul Kielb (Boston, MA) converted a Beacon layup at the 19:04 mark in the first half to tie the score at 2-2, but a Mason Choice (Newport, RI) layup at 18:38 would put RIC back on top 4-2, for a lead they would not surrender.
The Anchormen shot 51.4% (19-37) from the floor in the first half to jump ahead to a 48-27 lead at the intermission. In the same half, RIC's defensive intensity held the Beacons to a 31.4% (11-35) field goal percentage while forcing UMB to turn the ball over 12 times.
UMass Boston would shoot the ball much better in the second half, connecting on 10 of 24 (41.7%) attempts but it was not enough to overcome the up-tempo style of play that the Anchormen showcased all afternoon. RIC outscored UMB 16-4 on fast break points while converting 24 points off of UMass Boston turnovers.
For the Beacons, senior guard A.J. Titus (Roxbury, MA) was in double figures for the second consecutive game netting 14 points, converting six of seven free throw attempts. Also in double figures for the third straight game and fourth time this season was freshman guard Chris Milton (Milton, MA) who finished with 10 points. Sophomore guard Anthony Brewster (Boston, MA/John D. O'Bryant) grabbed a game and career-high of 12 boards while chipping in with seven points.
Rhode Island College will be back in action next Thursday, December 11 when it hosts Springfield College at 7:00 p.m. while UMass Boston will travel to WPI on Tuesday, December 9 for a 7:30 p.m. contest.