FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

November 28, 2006

 

Rhode Island College Menís Basketball Score Report

Providence, RI

 

1

2

 

Final

Fitchburg State (0-4)
28
35
 
63

Rhode Island College (3-0)

40

34

 

74

 

HILL & STEWART LEAD RIC PAST FSC, 74-63
RIC OFF TO BEST START IN NINE YEARS

     Providence, RIóSophomore guards Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) and Cameron Stewart (Newport, RI) led Rhode Island College to a 74-63 win over Fitchburg State with 22 and 17 points, respectively. The Anchormen stay undefeated with a 3-0 record and are off to their best start since the 1997-98 edition also began the year with the same mark. Rhode Island College has now won its last five home openers.

 

The Anchormen found themselves trailing by ten points with 12:23 remaining in the first half and were 0-for-8 from beyond the three-point arc. Rhode Island College then drained five straight treys, and nine overall, to outscore the Falcons, 34-12 over final 12 minutes, taking a 40-28 lead into the break.

 

Rhode Island College kept up the pressure in the second half, building a game-high 21-point lead, 68-47, with 6:54 left in the game and cruised to an 11-point victory. Six different Anchormen made at least one three-point shot in the win.

 

Stewart was a one-man wrecking crew for the Anchormen with 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals. He was 5-for-10 from the field and 4-for-7 from downtown. The eight boards and six helpers were new career highs for him.

 

Hill scored a team and career-high 22 points to go along with four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Senior forward Brian Stanko (Swansea, MA) had 13 points on 3-for-6 shooting from three-point land. Sophomore forward Kaseem Johnson (New Haven, CT) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

 

Sophomore center Andrew Vayo (Waterville, ME) was a bright spot in a losing effort for the Falcons with a game-high 25 points to go along with five boards.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open the Little East Conference schedule, hosting rival Keene State on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.

 

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