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April 12, 2006

 

Rhode Island College
2005-06 Menís Basketball Season Summary

19-10 Overall; 9-5 (third place) in the Little East Conference

Providence, RI--Head Coach Bob Walshís team finished the 2005-06 season with a 19-10 overall record and a 9-5 (third place) mark in the Little East Conference. RICís season was ended with an 83-78 loss to Wheaton College in the championship game of the 2006 ECAC Div. III New England Menís Basketball Tournament. The Anchormen also fell to Wheaton in the finals of last seasonís (2004-05) ECAC Tournament.

 

Senior guard Kevin Payette (Woonsocket, RI) closed out his collegiate career having played in 107 career games, starting 70 of them. His 107 career games are tied for the most played in the programís history. He totaled 932 career points, 412 rebounds, 91 steals and 164 assists. He averaged 8.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.5 assists per game for his career.

 

As a senior in 2005-06, he was named the teamís Most Valuable Player. He played in 29 games, starting all of them. He averaged 12.0 points, a team-high 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Payette registered a career-high of 23 points vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 14 and season-highs of 13 rebounds vs. Roger Williams Dec. 1, six assists on three occasions, three steals twice and one block three times. Payette was ninth in the Little East in rebounding.

 

As a junior in 2004-05, Payette played in 29 games, starting nine of them. He averaged 9.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. Payette registered a season-high of 18 points three times and a career-high 14 rebounds and six assists vs. Lasell. 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2003-04, he played in 24 games, starting 13 of them. He averaged 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. Payette registered season-highs of 15 points vs. UMass-Dartmouth, seven rebounds vs. UMass-Dartmouth and six assists vs. UMass-Boston.

 

Payette redshirted during the 2002-03 season.

 

As a freshman in 2001-02, he played in 25 games, starting 19 of them. He averaged 8.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game on the season. Payette scored a season-high 21 points vs. UMass Boston. He tallied 15 points in the Anchormenís lone win of the season vs. Bridgewater State.

 

Payette is a physical education/health major and a 2001 graduate of Woonsocket High School.

 

Junior guard Kinsey Durgin (Greenwood, ME) was named First-Team All Little East Conference and also earned All-LEC Defensive Team honors. He played in 29 games, starting all of them. He averaged a team-high 13.2 points, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals, to go along with 4.8 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of 23 points and four steals vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 7, 11 rebounds vs. Bridgewater State on Jan. 5 and ten assists vs. Coast Guard on Jan. 30. Durgin was named LEC Player of the Week once of the season. Durgin was tenth in the Little East in scoring and fifth in assists. He averaged 2.32 three-point field goals made per game, which ranked him sixth in the LEC.

 

Junior forward Anthony Pierlioni (Plainville, CT) played in 27 games, starting 13 of them. He averaged 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 18, three blocks vs. Johnson & Wales on Dec. 6 and two steals three times.

 

Junior forward Brian Stanko (Swansea, MA) played in 28 games, starting 19 of them. He averaged 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He registered season-highs of 29 points vs. Coast Guard on Mar. 1, ten rebounds vs. Wheaton on Mar. 4, three assists on three occasions, two blocks three times, and two steals several times. Stanko hit seven three-pointers vs. Coast Guard on Mar. 1 and then hit seven more vs. Keene State on Mar. 3. The seven treys tied the RIC record for three-pointers made in a single game.

 

Junior forward John Weir (Danbury, CT) played in 29 games, starting nine of them. He averaged 4.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and a team-high 1.1 blocks per game. He registered season-highs of 16 points and 14 rebounds vs. Johnson & Wales on Dec. 6, two assists vs. Keene State on Jan. 21, five blocks vs. Salve Regina on Dec. 8 and three steals vs. Coast Guard on Mar. 1. Weir was third in the Little East in blocks-per-game average.

 

Junior guard Kamari Williams (Springfield, MA) played in 29 games, starting 24 of them. He averaged 10.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Williams registered season-highs of 28 points vs. Keene State on Dec. 3, five rebounds twice, five assists four times and three steals three times. On Feb. 11 vs. Southern Maine, Williams became the 26th member of the RIC Menís Basketball 1,000 Point Club. He currently ranks 21st all-time at RIC with 1,062 career points. Williams also currently ranks 11th all-time at RIC with 269 career assists.

 

Sophomore guard Ondinis Almanzar (New York, NY) played in three games, missing most of the season due to an injury. He averaged 3.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of 11 points, seven rebounds and one assist vs. Fitchburg State on Nov. 29.

 

Sophomore forward Kevin Keefe (Cumberland, RI) played in nine games. He averaged 0.6 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of two points twice, four rebounds vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 7 and one steal vs. Salve Regina on Dec. 8.

 

Sophomore guard Benjy Nichols (New Haven, CT) played in 29 games, starting two of them. He averaged 3.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of ten points vs. Fitchburg State on Nov. 29, nine rebounds vs. Southern Maine on Feb. 11 and two assists vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 21.

 

Freshman guard Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) played in 25 games, starting three of them. He averaged 5.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. He registered season-highs of 13 points vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 24, four rebounds twice, three assists twice and three steals vs. Coast Guard on Mar. 1.

 

Freshman forward Kaseem Johnson (New Haven, CT) was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball All-Rookie Team. He played in 28 games, starting 12 of them. He averaged 7.1 points and was second on the team with 5.9 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of 19 points vs. Mount Ida on Nov. 18, 12 rebounds vs. Keene State on Jan. 21, two assists four times and four steals vs. Southern Maine on Jan. 10. Johnson was named LEC Rookie of the Week twice on the season.

 

Freshman guard Matt St. Ours (West Greenwich, RI) played in seven games. He averaged 2.0 points and 0.7 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of five points twice, three rebounds and one steal vs. Fitchburg State on Nov. 29 and one assist twice.

 

Freshman guard Cameron Stewart (Newport, RI) was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball All-Rookie Team. He played in 25 games. He averaged 5.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He registered season-highs of 18 points vs. Coast Guard on Jan. 30, six rebounds vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 18, four assists vs. Southern Maine on Feb. 11, two blocks vs. Southern Maine on Jan. 10 and five steals vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 28. His .456 (26-57) three-point field goal percentage ranked him fourth in the Little East.

 

 

 

2005-06 Rhode Island College Menís Basketball Roster

 

#

Name

Year

Position

Hgt.

Wgt.

Hometown/High School

 

11

Tirrell Hill

Fr.

Guard

5-9

185

Bronx, NY/All Hallows

 

12

Kamari Williams

Jr.

Guard

5-10

198

Springfield, MA/Cathedral

 

20

Kevin Payette

Sr.

Guard

6-0

185

Woonsocket, RI/Woonsocket

 

21

Cameron Stewart

Fr.

Guard

6-1

160

Newport, RI/Rogers

 

22

Matt St. Ours

Fr.

Guard

5-10

175

W. Greenwich, RI/Exeter-W.G.

 

23

Ondinis Almanzar

So.

Guard/Forward

6-3

197

New York, NY/Hyde

 

24

Kinsey Durgin

Jr.

Guard

5-11

182

Greenwood, ME/Telstar

 

25

Brian Stanko

Jr.

Guard/Forward

6-5

205

Swansea, MA/Joseph Case

 

31

Benjy Nichols

So.

Guard/Forward

6-3

180

New Haven, CT/Hillhouse

 

32

Kevin Keefe

So.

Forward/Center

6-4

205

Cumberland, RI/Cumberland

 

33

Kaseem Johnson

Fr.

Forward

6-6

210

New Haven, CT/Hillhouse

 

34

Anthony Pierlioni

Jr.

Center

6-9

237

Plainville, CT/Plainville

 

41

John Weir

Jr.

Center

6-8

200

Danbury, CT/Danbury

 

11

Tirrell Hill

Fr.

Guard

5-9

185

Bronx, NY/All Hallows

 

 

 

 

Head Coach:

Bob Walsh

 

 

Assistant Coaches:

Matt OíBrien and Bill Black

 

 

Captains:

Kinsey Durgin, Kevin Payette, Kamari Williams

 

 

 

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