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March 2, 2007

 

2007 NCAA Div. III Menís Basketball Tournament
First Round Game

Providence, RI

 

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Final

Coast Guard (14-14)
32
28
 
60

Rhode Island College (25-3)

34

30

 

64

 

DURGINíS 15 SECOND HALF POINTS LEAD
RIC TO NCAA SECOND ROUND

Anchormen to Host Brandeis Tomorrow Night at 7 p.m.

     PROVIDENCE, RIóRhode Island College held off Coast Guard, 64-60, to advance in the 2007 NCAA Division III Menís Basketball Tournament this evening in front of a raucous crowd of 1,500 fans at The Murray Center. Senior guard Kinsey Durgin (Greenwood, ME) scored 15 of his game-high 18 points in the second half to lead the Anchormen into the second round.

 

Rhode Island College will host Brandeis University (20-6) tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. in second round action. Tickets for the game will go on sale from 9 a.m. to noon in The Murray Center.

 

Sophomore guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) posted his second consecutive game with a double-double, logging 16 points and a game-high 13 boards. He also chipped in with two assists, two steals and a block.

 

RIC improves to 25-3 on the season, establishing a new record for single season victories, previously established by the 1968-69 team. The Anchormen and the Bears were playing in their first NCAA Tournament in 29 years. Ironically, they played each other in a consolation game, with the Bears getting the win, 76-71, 28 years ago to the day (March 2, 1979).

 

The loss ends a Cinderella run for the Bears who finished last in the NEWMAC during the regular season, but went on a run in the conference tourney to garner an automatic berth into the 59-team NCAA field. Coast Guard falls to 14-14 on the season.

 

Three Bears scored in double figures, paced by junior guard Grant Johnsonís (Grayson, GA) and junior forward Jeff Prebeckís (Columbus, OH) double-doubles. They each scored 13 points, while Prebeck grabbed a team-high 11 boards.

 

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