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March 15, 2005

 

Rhode Island College
2004-05 Menís Basketball Season Summary

20-9 Overall; 10-4 (first place tie) in the Little East Conference

2004 Little East Conference Regular Season Co-Champions

Providence, RI--Head Coach Jack Perriís team finished the 2004-05 season with a 20-9 overall record and a 10-4 (first place tie) mark in the Little East Conference. RICís season was ended with a 78-66 loss at Wheaton College in the championship game of the 2005 ECAC Div. III New England Menís Basketball Tournament.

 

The Anchormenís regular season co-championship marks the first time in the programís history that RIC has finished atop the Little East standings. The Anchormenís 20 wins are the most in a season since the 1988-89 club also won 20. This season also marked RICís first ECAC Tournament appearance since 1996-97 and the Anchormen made it to the championship game for the first time since the 1982-83 team won the tourney.

 

Senior guard Andre Daley (Boston, MA) closed out his collegiate career having played two seasons at RIC. He played in 55 career games, starting 52 of them, with 715 points, 210 rebounds, 115 assists and 89 steals. He averaged 13.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game for his career. His .773 career free throw percentage ranks him ninth all-time at RIC.

 

As a senior in 2004-05, he was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. He played in 26 games, starting all of them. He averaged 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Daley registered season-highs of 34 points and five assists vs. Ursinus on Nov. 20, eight rebounds vs. Eastern Nazarene on Nov. 23, six steals vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 22 and two blocks vs. MIT on Jan. 13. Daley was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll four times this season.

 

Daley redshirted the 2003-04 season.

 

As a junior in 2002-03, Daley played in 25 games, starting 22 of them. He averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He registered season-highs of 21 points vs. Eastern Connecticut, eight rebounds vs. St. Josephís (NY), ten assists vs. Keene State and six steals vs. Newbury.

 

Prior to transferring into RIC, Daley starred for two seasons at Roxbury Community College in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

 

He is a philosophy major with a minor in sociology and a 1998 graduate of Madison Park High School.

 

Senior forward Jason Harris (Boston, MA) closed out his career having played in 96 games, starting 75 of them. He totaled 877 career points, 667 rebounds, 105 steals and 92 assists. He averaged 9.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 assists per game for his career.

 

As a senior in 2004-05, Harris played 29 games, starting 28 of them. He averaged 8.6 points, a team-high 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. Harris registered season-highs of 18 points and three blocks vs. Plymouth State on Feb. 25, 16 rebounds, a career-high, vs. Roger Williams on Dec. 2, three assists twice and four steals vs. Plymouth State on Dec. 4. He was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll once this season.

 

As a junior in 2003-04, Harris played in 16 games, starting three of them. He averaged 8.9 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game. Harris registered season-highs of 21 points vs. Southern Maine, 12 rebounds vs. Plymouth State, three assists vs. Western Connecticut and three steals vs. UMass-Dartmouth.

 

As a sophomore in 2002-03, Harris played in 26 games, starting 24 of them. He averaged 9.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He posted season-highs of 16 points vs. Becker, 13 rebounds vs. Eastern Connecticut, and four steals vs. Keene State.

 

As a freshman in 2001-02, Harris played in 25 games, starting 20 of them. He averaged a team-high 9.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game. He posted a career-high 22 points vs. Bridgewater State and grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds vs. Western Connecticut.

 

He is a justice studies major and a 2001 graduate of Bedford High School.

 

Sophomore guard Kamari Williams (Springfield, MA) was named First-Team All Little East Conference. Williams played in 29 games, starting all of them. He averaged a team-high 15.9 points, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game, along with 3.9 rebounds per game. Williams registered season-highs of 32 points and 14 assists vs. Ursinus on Nov. 20, eight rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 8 and five steals vs. Roger Williams on Dec. 2. Williams was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll three times and was selected Player of the Week once this season. He recorded a .869 free throw percentage this winter, the third-best mark for a single season in RIC menís hoop history. His .820 career free throw percentage ranks him second all-time with two seasons left to play.

 

Junior forward Brendan Mullen (Fairhaven, MA) played in 14 games. He averaged 0.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Mullen registered season-highs of four points, five rebounds and two assists vs. Mitchell on Jan. 31.

 

Junior guard Kevin Payette (Woonsocket, RI) played in 29 games, starting nine of them. He averaged 9.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. Payette registered career-highs of 18 points three times, 14 rebounds and six assists vs. Lasell on Mar. 2. Payette averaged 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a starter over RICís last nine contests. He hit the game-winning lay-up with seven seconds left in the game to lead RIC past top-seeded Colby-Sawyer in the semi-finals of the ECAC Tournament.

 

Sophomore guard Kinsey Durgin (Greenwood, ME) played in 29 games, starting all of them. He averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He registered season-highs of 24 points vs. Fitchburg State on Nov. 29, eight rebounds twice, four assists twice and four steals five times.

 

Sophomore forward Anthony Pierlioni (Plainville, CT) played in 23 games. He averaged 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of nine points and nine rebounds vs. Trinity on Nov. 21, one assist twice and one block four times.

 

Junior forward Jared Starnino (Providence, RI) played in 27 games, starting one of them. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of ten points vs. Plymouth State on Dec. 4, and seven rebounds vs. Keene State on Jan. 15, three assists vs. Fitchburg State on Nov. 29 and two steals twice.

 

Sophomore guard Amde Tegbaru (Stockholm, Sweden) played in 21 games. He averaged 1.8 points per game and 0.8 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of 12 points and six rebounds vs. Lasell on Mar. 2, three assists vs. Wheaton on Mar. 5 and two steals vs. Mitchell on Jan. 31.

 

Sophomore forward John Weir (Danbury, CT) played in 29 games, starting 20 of them. He averaged 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and a team-high 1.1 blocks per game. He registered season-highs of 18 points vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 22, ten rebounds twice and five blocks vs. Southern Maine on Jan. 11.

 

Freshman guard Ondinis Almanzar (New York, NY) played in nine games. He averaged 2.2 points and 0.6 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of 12 points vs. Mitchell College on Jan. 31 and two rebounds vs. Johnson & Wales on Dec. 7.

 

Freshman guard Justin Lopez (Providence, RI) played in eight games. He averaged 0.5 points per game. He registered a season-high of four points vs. Mitchell College on Jan. 31.

 

Freshman guard Benjy Nichols (New Haven, CT) played in 27 games. He averaged 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of nine points vs. UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 18 and six rebounds vs. Trinity on Nov. 21.

 

Freshman guard Davon Yarbrough (New Haven, CT) played in 29 games. He averaged 8.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Yarbrough registered season-highs of 20 points twice, nine rebounds vs. UMass Boston on Jan. 8, four assists twice and four steals vs. Fitchburg State Nov. 29. He was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week twice this season.

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