FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

December 6, 2007

 

Rhode Island College Men’s Basketball Score Report

Providence, RI

 

1

2

 

Final

Salve Regina (1-5)
38
34
 
72

Rhode Island College (6-1)

43

40

 

83

 

JUSTIN LOPEZ’S CAREER-HIGH 12 POINTS HELPS
RIC DOWN SEAHAWKS, 83-72

Anchormen Win Third Straight To Improve to 6-1

            Providence, RI—Rhode Island College junior guard Justin Lopez (Providence, RI) made his first career start and pumped in a career-best 12 points on four three-pointers as the Anchormen downed Salve Regina, 83-72, in a battle of intra-state rivals Tuesday evening at The Murray Center. RIC wins its third straight game to improve to 6-1. Salve Regina drops its fourth straight and falls to 1-5.

 

Junior Guard Justin Lopez

 

Rhode Island College answered the bell every time the Seahawks made a run. The Anchormen enjoyed their largest lead of the game, posting a 75-62 advantage on a jumper by freshman guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) with 3:54 remaining in the game.

 

Salve Regina whittled the RIC lead under 10 points on three occasion, getting as close as two-points, 59-57, on a jumper by junior guard Joe DeSantis (Trumbull, CT) with 11:35 left in the second half. RIC used an 8-0 run, capped by two free throws by junior center Wil Lyons (Warwick, RI) with 8:01 left, to take a 67-57 lead and cruised to the 11-point decision.

 

Junior guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) returned to the lineup after missing the past three games and connected on his first two field goals attempts. Bailey finished with 16 points, four boards and three assists. Hill had another monster performance, pumping in a season and game-high 22 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals. Junior forward Kaseem Johnson (New Haven, CT) posted 10 points and eight boards.

 

Salve Regina had four players score in double figures, led by junior guard Justin Woodworth’s (Ipswich, MA) 17 points and game-high 10 rebounds. DeSantis netted 16 points, while senior forward Steve Walsh (Manchester, NH) contributed 13 points and seven rebounds.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will square off at Keene State on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in a battle of Little East Conference heavyweights. The Seahawks will host Connecticut College on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.

 

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