FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 17, 2007

 

Rhode Island College Men’s Basketball Score Report

Boston, MA

 

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Final

Rhode Island College (21-3, 12-2)
45
45
 
90

UMass Boston (9-16, 5-9)

27

45

 

72

 

ANCHORMEN CLINCH LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE TITLE IN WIN OVER UMASS BOSTON
RIC To Host Eighth-Seeded Southern Maine on Tuesday Night

     Boston, MA—Rhode Island College clinched the Little East Conference Regular Season Title in a 90-72 win at UMass Boston at the Clark Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon. It is the second regular season conference title for the Anchormen and the first outright LEC crown in program history. Rhode Island College shared the 2005 title with Western Connecticut.

 

Head Coach Bob Walsh’s team finished up the regular season with a 21-3 overall record and a 12-2 mark in the Little East. It is the most wins in a season for a RIC men’s basketball team since the 1978-79 cagers went 21-7. The 12 LEC wins are also a single season school record.

 

The Anchormen earned homecourt advantage throughout the 2007 Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. Rhode Island College will host eighth-seeded Southern Maine in first round action at The Murray Center on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. If the Anchormen defeat the Huskies, they will host the Little East semifinal and championship rounds for the first time in school history on Feb. 23 and 24.

 

Rhode Island College, which was upset in the semifinals of the 2006 LEC tourney by the Beacons, opened an 18-point halftime lead, 45-27, and cruised to the win. The Anchormen led by 20 points just 3:37 into the second frame and the Beacons were unable to mount a serious comeback down the stretch. RIC completed the season sweep of UMass Boston, having defeated the Beacons, 86-77, on Jan. 13.

 

Senior forward Brian Stanko (Swansea, MA) had 12 points, on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point land, in the first stanza, while sophomores Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) and Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) chipped in with nine points. Senior guard Kinsey Durgin (Greenwood, ME) led the Anchormen with 10 second-half points.

 

 

Five Anchormen scored in double figures led by Stanko’s 15 points. Durgin and Bailey had 13 apiece, while Hill and senior center Anthony Pierlioni (Plainville, CT) contributed 11 points.

 

Bailey played a key role throughout the game on both ends of the floor. He also had a game-high eight assists and six steals. Sophomore forward Kaseem Johnson (New Haven, CT) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

 

UMass Boston senior forward Tony Barros (Dorchester, MA) led all scorers with a game-high 27 points. He shot 9-for-23 from the field and connected on a game-high six treys. He logged a double-double as well with 10 boards.

 

The 90-point effort by the Anchormen was the second-highest regulation total of the season by the club.

 

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