After losing to No. 6 Amherst, the Rhode Island College men’s basketball team bounced back with a 75-51 victory over Little East Conference rival UMass Boston on Saturday, Feb. 4.
The Anchormen (16-4, 7-3 LEC) and the Beacons (5-16, 1-9 LEC) traded baskets for the first five minutes of the contest. With just over 14 minutes remaining in the first half, senior forward Mason Choice hit a jumper to put RIC up by six points. The Anchormen tried to extend their lead however the Beacons would always have a response. RIC stepped up their defense in the late stages of the half and went into the break leading, 29-20.
The second half was when the Anchormen’s offense came alive. Led by Choice and senior center Mike Akinrola, the Anchormen started the half on a 7-0 run and didn’t turn back. The lead quickly went from 9, to 16, to 25 as the half continued. After a layup from freshman forward Chris Burton with 2:43 remaining, the Anchormen’s lead grew to a game-high 32 points and the victory was in hand.
“Our defense is what wins us games,” said Choice. “We just need to keep up with our great team defense and then the offensive end will come to us.”
The 24-point victory for the Anchormen marked the 13th time this season that the Anchormen have held an opponent to under 55 points.
“We held them to 36 percent shooting and 51 points, if we’re going to be a championship team that’s what we are going to need to do to win,” said RIC head coach Bob Walsh.
Akinrola led all scorers with 19 points and 11 rebounds… Choice was not far behind with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists… Also scoring for the Anchormen were, junior guard Tahrike Carter (13), sophomore guard Tom DeCiantis (nine), Burton (eight), freshman forward Jacob Page (three), sophomore guard Kadeem Francis (three) and freshman guard Brandon Hill (two)… The Anchormen will be back in action when they take on Little East Conference rival UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m… “We have to establish the level of intensity in the game, match their physicality, and be the tougher team,” said Walsh of his teams upcoming matchup.
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