Rhode island College Edges Men's Basketball, 61-57

Jan. 17, 2012

Final Stats

PROVIDENCE, RI-Host Rhode Island College outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team, 8-4, in the final 2:34 and held on for a 61-57 victory in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Murray Center.

With his team trailing, 54-53, Avery King drilled a three-pointer to put the Anchormen ahead, 56-54, with 2:34 remaining. Tahrike Carter followed with a layup as the shot clock expired to give RIC a four-point lead, before UMD senior center Lance Greene(Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell).drew a foul and hit one of two free throws to make it 58-55.

Mason Choice's layup with 38 seconds left made it 60-55, but senior guard Paul Rose(Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) drilled a jumper from just inside the three-point line to make it 60-57 with nine seconds to play.

RIC got the ball in bounds, and King missed a free throw, the Corsairs got the rebound, and senior forward Colin Burns(Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) was fouled but missed both free throws. RIC's Mike Akinrola got the rebound, was fouled and made a free throw to account for the final score.

In the first half, UMass Dartmouth broke a late 19-19 tie, scoring four of the final five points in the first half to take a 23-20 lead at the intermission. Freshman forward Alex Rodrigues(Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) put UMass Dartmouth ahead, with a pair of layups, the second one coming with 1:23 remaining. Mike Akinrola's free throw with 50 seconds left cut the UMD lead to three points at halftime.

“We played hard, and we played with a lot of intensity,” said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. “We did a lot of good things tonight. Unfortunately, our shooting was a little off, and our free throw shooting wasn’t there. If we play as hard as we did tonight, we’re going to win some ball games.”

Greene led UMD with 17 points, while Akinrola had 19 for the Anchormen and Carter added 10. Rodrigues grabbed 15 rebounds for UMD, while Akinrola had 7 for RIC, which out rebounded the Corsairs, 38-36. Rhode Island College made 12 of 20 free throws, while UMass Dartmouth made nine of 21.

The Corsairs dropped to 8-8 and 2-4 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Anchormen improved to 13-2 and 4-2 in the LEC with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Keene State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday.

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