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May 1, 2007

 

Rhode Island College
2006-07 Menís Basketball Season Summary

27-4 Overall; 12-2 (first place) in the Little East Conference
2007 Little East Conference Regular Season Champions
2007 Little East Conference Tournament Champions
2007 NCAA Tournament Elite 8

Providence, RI--Head Coach Bob Walshís (Career record: 46-14, .767) team concluded arguably the greatest season in Rhode Island College menís basketball history with a 27-4 overall record. The Anchormen reached the Elite 8 of the 2007 NCAA Div. III Menís Basketball Tournament, falling to Amherst, the eventual National Champion, on Mar. 10.

 

Rhode Island College posted a 12-2 record in the Little East Conference, capturing the programís first-ever outright league regular season championship and its second overall (2005). After a first-round win over Southern Maine, Rhode Island College hosted the semifinals and finals for the first time in school history. The Anchormen defeated UMass Dartmouth (78-68) on Feb. 23 and then defeated long-time rival Keene State (87-75) to win the Little East Tournament title for the first time in program history. The win gave RIC an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament; the Anchormenís first appearance in 28 years (1979).

 

RIC hosted first and second round action of the NCAAs for the first time on Mar. 2-3. The Anchormen defeated Coast Guard (64-60) on Mar. 2 and then downed Brandeis (70-67) on Mar. 3 to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16.  The Anchormen traveled to Amherst, Mass. to face Keene State and edged the Owls (75-73) to reach the Elite 8. Amherst ended the Anchormenís quest to reach the Final Four in a 81-69 loss on Mar. 10.

 

The Anchormen established a new school record for wins, winning percentage (.871) and set the bar for NCAA wins (three) in a season.

 

Senior guard Kinsey Durgin (Greenwood, ME) leaves Rhode Island College having played in a school record 115 games, starting 98 of them. He totaled 1,290 career points, 472 rebounds, 308 assists and 131 steals. He averaged 11.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game for his career. Durgin is ninth all-time at RIC in career assists and 11th in scoring.

 

As a senior in 2006-07, Durgin was named Second Team All-New England by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), to the All-Northeast Second Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and was awarded the same honors by D3Hoops.com. He was named First Team All-Little East Conference for the second consecutive season. Durgin was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2007 Little East Conference Menís Basketball Tournament, as well as garnering All-Tournament Team honors. He played in 31 games, starting all of them. He averaged 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He scored a career-high 29 points in the Anchormenís double overtime win at Plymouth State on Dec. 9. He tied a career-high with 11 rebounds in RICís win over Bridgewater State on January 4. He dished out a season-high five assists in two contests and made a season-high four steals in the NCAA Tournament win over Brandeis on Mar. 3. Durgin was named the Little East Conference Menís Basketball Player of the Week three times.

 

As a junior in 2005-06, Durgin 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 a career-high 10 assists vs. Coast Guard on Jan. 30. Durgin was named LEC Player of the Week once on the season.

 

As a sophomore in 2004-05, he played in 29 games, starting all of them. He averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He registered season-highs of 24 points vs. Fitchburg State on Nov. 29, eight rebounds twice, four assists twice and four steals five times.

 

As a freshman in 2003-04, Durgin played in 26 games, starting 11 of them. Durgin assumed the starting point guard duties while K.C. Grandfield was injured. He averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He registered season-highs of 18 points vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 7, five rebounds twice, six assists vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 24 and five steals vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 11.

 

He is a marketing major and a 2003 graduate of Telstar High School.

 

Senior center Anthony Pierlioni (Plainville, CT) leaves Rhode Island College having played in 102 games, starting 39 of them. He totaled 392 career points, 287 rebounds, 22 assists, 26 steals and 46 blocks. He averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game for his career. He is 12th all-time in career games played.

 

As a senior in 2006-07, Pierlioni played in 31 games, starting 26 of them. He averaged 5.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. Despite not ever attempting a three-point shot coming into this season, he went 9-for-26 from behind the arc (.346). Pierlioni scored a career-high 13 points in the clubís win over Western Connecticut on Jan. 16. He grabbed a season-high nine rebounds vs. Springfield on Dec. 15. Pierlioni was credited with a career-high four blocks against Western Connecticut on Feb. 6.

 

As a junior in 2005-06, he played in 27 games, starting 13 of them. He averaged 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He registered a season-high 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 18, three blocks vs. Johnson & Wales on Dec. 6 and two steals three times.

 

As a sophomore in 2004-05, Pierlioni played in 23 games. He averaged 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of nine points and nine rebounds vs. Trinity on Nov. 21, one assist twice and one block four times.

 

As a freshman in 2003-04, he played in 21 games. He averaged 3.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of 10 points twice, six rebounds vs. Keene State on Jan. 17, two assists vs. Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 13 and two blocks vs. Kean University on Dec. 27.

 

He is an art education major and a 2003 graduate of Plainville High School.

 

Senior forward Brian Stanko (Swansea, MA) leaves Rhode Island College having played in 106 games, starting 50 of them. He totaled 916 career points, 406 rebounds, 87 assists, 79 steals and 27 blocks. He averaged 8.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for his career. He is sixth all-time in career games played. Stankoís .832 career free throw percentage ranks second all-time at RIC.

 

As a senior in 2006-07, Stanko played in 31 games, starting four of them. He averaged 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high 15 points three times, grabbed a season-high seven rebounds twice, dished out three assists in the win over UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 23 and tied a career-high with three steals in the win over Endicott on Nov. 17. He sank the game-winning three pointer in overtime to lift RIC past Southern Maine in first round action of the Little East Tournament.

 

As a junior in 2005-06, Stanko played in 28 games, starting 19 of them. He averaged 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He registered a career-high of 29 points vs. Coast Guard on Mar. 1, and posted a season-high 10 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.

 

He missed the entire 2004-05 season while recuperating from a broken foot.

 

As a sophomore in 2003-04, Stanko played in 26 games, starting 24 of them. He averaged 9.7 points, while also contributing 4.2 rebounds per game. Stanko registered season-highs of 18 points vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 24, a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Johnson & Wales on Dec. 9, a career-high four assists vs. Salve Regina on Feb. 3 and three steals vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 11.

 

As a freshman in 2002-03, he played in 21 games, starting three of them. He averaged 8.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He recorded season-highs of 15 points vs. Plymouth State and seven rebounds vs. Southern Maine on Feb. 15. Stanko earned LEC Rookie of the Week honors twice.

 

Stanko is a sociology major with a minor in justice studies and a 2002 graduate of Joseph Case High School.

 

Senior guard Amde Tegbaru (Stockholm, Sweden) leaves Rhode Island College having played in 62 games. He totaled 118 career points, 42 rebounds, 31 assists and seven steals. He averaged 1.9 points for his career and was a three-point shooting specialist, going 17-for-39 (.436) from downtown.

 

As a senior in 2006-07, Tegbaru played in 22 games. He averaged 1.5 points per game. He scored a season-high 10 points, including two three-pointers, in the win over Framingham State on Jan. 11. Tegbaru grabbed a season-high four rebounds twice, and logged a season-high two assists vs. Southern Maine on Jan. 9.

 

He did not play in 2005-06.

 

As a sophomore in 2004-05, Tegbaru played in 21 games. He averaged 1.8 points per game. He registered career-highs of 12 points and six rebounds vs. Lasell on Mar. 2, and posted a season-high three assists vs. Wheaton on Mar. 5 and two steals vs. Mitchell on Jan. 31.

 

As a freshman in 2003-04, he played in 19 games. He averaged 2.5 points per game. Tegbaru registered season-highs of nine points vs. Keene State on Jan. 17 and three rebounds vs. St. Josephís-Long Island on Dec. 28.

 

He is a business management major and a 2000 graduate of Vasalunds High School.

 

Senior center John Weir (Danbury, CT) leaves Rhode Island College having played in 111 games, starting 34 of them. He totaled 443 career points, 355 rebounds, 25 assists, 43 steals and 105 blocks. He averaged 4.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game for his career. Weir is second all-time at RIC in career games played.

 

As a senior in 2006-07, he played in 31 games, starting five of them. He averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Weir recorded season-highs of 10 points twice, six rebounds on four occasions, three blocks vs. UMass Boston on Jan. 13 and three steals vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 6.

 

As a junior in 2005-06, Weir 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 a season-high 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Johnson & Wales on Dec. 6, posted a season-high two assists vs. Keene State on Jan. 21, a career-high five blocks vs. Salve Regina on Dec. 8 and three steals vs. Coast Guard on Mar. 1.

 

As a sophomore in 2004-05, he played in 29 games, starting 20 of them. He averaged 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and a team-high 1.1 blocks per game. He registered a career-high of 18 points vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 22, grabbed 10 rebounds twice and five blocks vs. Southern Maine on Jan. 11.

 

As a freshman in 2003-04, Weir played in 22 games. He averaged 2.0 points, 2.4 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 15 blocks. He registered season-highs of 10 points vs. Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 13, seven rebounds vs. Newbury on Dec. 11 and three blocks vs. Kean University on Dec. 27.

 

Weir is a secondary education major with a concentration in history and a 2003 graduate of Danbury High School.

 

Senior guard Kamari Williams (Springfield, MA) leaves Rhode Island College having played in 110 games, starting 65 of them. He totaled 1,223 career points, 287 rebounds, 305 assists and 135 steals He averaged 11.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for his career. Williams is 10th all-time in career assists, 15th in scoring and third in games played. His .800 career free throw percentage ranks sixth all-time at RIC.

 

As a senior in 2006-07, Williams played in 26 games. He averaged 6.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He recorded season-highs of 14 points in the win over Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 6, five rebounds vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 17, seven assists vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 13 and three steals against Keene State in the Championship Game of the 2007 Little East Conference Tournament on Feb. 24.

 

As a junior in 2005-06, Williams 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2004-05, he was named First-Team All Little East Conference. Williams played in 29 games, starting all of them. He averaged a team-high 15.9 points, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game, along with 3.9 rebounds per game. Williams registered a career-highs of 32 points and 14 assists vs. Ursinus on Nov. 20, eight rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 8 and five steals vs. Roger Williams on Dec. 2. He recorded a .869 free throw percentage this winter, the third-best mark for a single season in RIC menís hoop history.

 

As a freshman in 2003-04, Williams was named the Little East Conference's Rookie of the Year. Williams played in 26 games, starting 12 of them. He was second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game, and contributed a team-high 88 assists and 41 steals. Williams registered season-highs of 27 points vs. Wheaton on Nov. 22, six rebounds vs. Kean University on Dec. 27, eight assists twice and five steals vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 24. Williams earned Little East Rookie of the Week honors fives times this winter.

 

He is a political science major and a 2003 graduate of Cathedral High School.

 

Sophomore guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) was named to the NCAA Sectional Roundís All-Tournament Team, as well as garnering Second Team All-Little East Conference and LEC All-Defensive Team honors. He played in 31 games, starting all of them. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game. He scored a season-high 21 points in the win over Plymouth State on Dec. 9. Bailey reached double figures in scoring 17 times and logged three double-doubles on the season. He grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament win over Coast Guard on Mar. 2. He dished out a season-high eight assists vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 17 and tied for the second-most steals in a game with seven against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 6.

 

Sophomore guard Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball All-Tournament Team. He played in 31 games, starting all of them. Hill averaged 11.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He registered season-highs of 23 points at Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 6, eight rebounds and six assists vs. UMass Dartmouth in the semifinals of the LEC tourney on Feb. 23, and three steals twice. Hill scored in double figures 21 times.

 

Sophomore forward Kaseem Johnson (New Haven, CT) played in 30 games, starting 27 of them. He averaged 7.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He recorded four double-doubles on the season. Johnson recorded season-highs of 19 points vs. Tufts on Nov. 18, 13 rebounds in the semifinals of the LEC tourney against UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 23, two assists five times and four steals vs. Keene State on Dec. 2.

 

Sophomore guard Matt St. Ours (West Greenwich, RI) played in 26 games. He averaged 1.5 points per game. St. Ours recorded season-highs of 12 points vs. Springfield on Dec. 15, six rebounds vs. Framingham State on Jan. 11 and two assists and two steals on several occasions.

 

Sophomore guard Cameron Stewart (Newport, RI) played in 31 games. He averaged 8.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Stewart recorded season-highs of 19 points vs. Springfield on Dec. 15, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals vs. Fitchburg State on Nov. 28. He scored in double figures 11 times.

 

Freshman guard Cory Bouchard (Smithfield, RI) played in nine games. He recorded season-highs of two points and two rebounds vs. Framingham State on Jan. 11.

 

Freshman forward Raleek Byfield (Worcester, MA) played in 15 games. He averaged 1.4 points per game. Byfield recorded season-highs of six points and two blocks vs. Framingham State on Jan. 11 and two rebounds on several occasions.

 

Freshman forward Jake Dent (Somersworth, NH) played in two games before a back injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

 

2006-07 Rhode Island College Menís Basketball Roster

 

#

Name

Year

Position

Hgt.

Wgt.

Hometown/High School

1

Cory Bouchard

Freshman

Guard

5-8

150

Smithfield, RI/Smithfield

2

Kaseem Johnson

Sophomore

Forward

6-6

210

New Haven, CT/Hillhouse

3

Bobby Bailey

Sophomore

Guard

6-0

170

Fall River, MA/Durfee

5

Brian Stanko

Senior

Forward

6-5

210

Swansea, MA/Joseph Case

10

Kinsey Durgin

Senior

Guard

5-11

195

Greenwood, ME/Telstar

11

Tirrell Hill

Sophomore

Guard

5-10

185

Bronx, NY/All Hallows

12

Kamari Williams

Senior

Guard

5-11

198

Springfield, MA/Cathedral

15

Raleek Byfield

Freshman

Forward

6-4

180

Worcester, MA/South

21

Cameron Stewart

Sophomore

Guard

6-1

165

Newport, RI/Rogers

22

Matt St. Ours

Sophomore

Guard

5-11

180

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

25

Amde Tegbaru

Senior

Guard

6-3

185

Stockholm, Sweden/Vasalunds

33

Jake Dent

Freshman

Forward

6-4

190

Somersworth, NH/Somersworth

41

John Weir

Senior

Center

6-9

215

Danbury, CT/Danbury

44

Anthony Pierlioni

Senior

Center 

6-9 

 245 

Plainville, CT/Plainville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach:

Bob Walsh

 

Assistant Coaches:

Matt O'Brien, Kareem Hayletts

 

Captains:

Kinsey Durgin, Brian Stanko, Kamari Williams

 

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