FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 1, 2005

 

RICís Jack Perri Named
Little East Coach of the Year;
Kamari Williams & Andre Daley
Named All-Conference

 

Providence, RIóRhode Island College first-year Head Menís Basketball Coach Jack Perri was named the Little East Conference Menís Basketball Coach of the Year. Sophomore guard Kamari Williams (Springfield, MA) was named First Team All-Little East Conference and senior guard Andre Daley (Boston, MA) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference.

 

In his first year at the helm, Perri has led the RIC to an 18-8 overall record and a berth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Div. III Menís Basketball Tournament. The fourth-seeded Anchormen will host fifth-seeded Lasell on Wednesday, Mar. 2 at The Murray Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

RICís 18 wins are the most in a season since the 1995-96 club also won 18 contests. The ECAC Tournament berth is the first for the program since the 1996-97 campaign.

 

The Anchormen were 10-4 in the Little East Conference and shared the regular season with Western Connecticut. RIC was picked to finish sixth in the Little East Menís Basketball pre-season poll. RIC won its LEC Tournament first round game, 85-65, over Southern Maine on Feb. 22. The Anchormen were eliminated from the LEC Tourney with a 72-69 loss to Plymouth State on Feb. 25.

 

Prior to coming to RIC, Perri spent six seasons as an assistant for Bentley College Head Menís Basketball Coach Jay Lawson (1998-2004). Perri was part of the Bentley basketball program since his arrival on campus as a freshman guard in 1993.

 

As the assistant coach, Perri helped Bentley reach the conference playoff semifinals four times, and the 2002 NCAA Regionals, with a six-year record of 106-69. He helped Bentley capture the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament Championship in 2001-02. In 2003-04, the Falcons posted an 18-11 overall record and were tied for second in the NE-10 with a 15-7 conference record.

 

Perri, 29, received a bachelorís degree in management in May 1998. A native of Manalapan, N.J. where he starred for Manalapan High School. He resides in Franklin, Massachusetts with his wife Julie.

 

Sophomore guard Kamari Williams (Springfield, MA) was named First Team All-Little East Conference. He has played in 26 games, starting all of them. He is averaging a team-high 15.7 points and 4.0 assists along with 1.6 steals and 4.0 rebounds per game. He ranks eighth in the Little East in scoring, is third in assists and is first with a .869 free throw percentage. He achieved season-highs with 32 points and 14 assists vs. Ursinus on Nov. 20. He grabbed a season-high eight rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 8. He scored in double figures 22 times and scored 20 or more points five times.

 

He has been named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll three times this season. He was the LECís Rookie of the Year as a freshman last season.

 

Senior guard Andre Daley (Boston, MA) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Daley, who redshirted last season, has played in 26 games, starting all of them. He is averaging 13.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He ranks 12th in the Little East in scoring, fourth with a .791 free throw percentage, is eighth in steals and ninth with a .388 three-point field goal percentage. He scored a season-high 34 points to go along with five assists vs. Ursinus on Nov. 20. He grabbed a season-high eight rebounds vs. Eastern Nazarene on Nov. 23. He scored in double figures 18 times, scored 20 or more points five times and eclipsed the 30-point plateau twice.

 

He has been named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll four times this season.

 

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