FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

January 30, 2007

 

Rhode Island College Menís Basketball Score Report

Providence, RI

 

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Final

#1 Amherst (21-0)
26
36
 
62

Rhode Island College (16-3)

24

24

 

48

 

ANCHORMEN FALL TO TOP-RANKED AMHERST, 62-48
RIC SUFFERS RARE MURRAY CENTER LOSS

     Providence, RIóNo. 1 Amherst College increased its school-record winning streak to 21 games and remains unbeaten in a 62-48 win over Rhode Island College at The Murray Center on Tuesday evening. The Lord Jeffs remain the only unbeaten team in Div. III menís basketball with a 21-0 record. The Anchormen fall to 16-3 and record only their seventh loss at home since the start of the 2003 season.

 

Rhode Island College trailed early, but went on a 12-0 run to take a 16-8 lead with 11:22 remaining in the first half. Sophomore guard Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) hitting a jumper to give the Anchormen a 20-14 lead with 5:20 remianing. Amherst senior forward Tim McLaughlin (Chatham, NJ) keyed a 12-4 run to give the Lord Jeffs a 26-24 lead at the break. McLaughlin hit a layup and two three-pointers during the run.

 

Amherst kept the Anchormen at bay in the second stanza and slowly pulled away down the stretch. The Lord Jeffs built a 19-point lead, 62-43, with 1:19 remaining and cruised to the victory. Rhode Island College held Amherst to its lowest offensive output on the season, however the Anchormen shot just 28 percent (16-for-58) from the field and 19 percent (5-for-27) from downtown.

 

McLaughlin scored a career-high 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting to go along with six boards, two assists and two steals. Sophomore forward Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA) logged a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while senior forward Dan Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) recorded a 14-point effort.

 

The Anchormen were led by Hill and senior guard Kinsey Durgin (Greenwood, ME) with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Little East Conference rival Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Feb. 3. Amherst will host Connecticut College on Friday, Feb. 2.

 

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