FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 8, 2008

 

Rhode Island College Menís Basketball Score Report

Pomona, N.J.

 

The 2008 NCAA DIV. III MENíS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
SECOND ROUND GAME

 

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Final

Rhode Island College (23-7)
23
47
 
70

Richard Stockton (22-6)

36

42

 

78

 

RICíS SEASON ENDS IN, 78-70, LOSS AT RICHARD STOCKTON
First-Half Deficit Proves Too Much to Overcome

            Pomona, N.J.óThe Rhode Island College menís basketball season came to an end in a 78-70 loss at Richard Stockton in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Div. III Menís Basketball Tournament. RIC ends its season with a 23-7 record, while the Ospreys raise their mark to 22-6 and advance to the NCAA Sweet 16.

 

ďIt is really disappointing to play as poorly as we did,Ē RIC Head Menís Basketball Coach Bob Walsh said after the loss. ďWe came out kind of tentative, but you have to give Richard Stockton a lot of credit. They were very aggressive and they took it to us. We dug too deep of a hole to come back. I am proud of our guys. We came together with only five returning players and got to the second round of the tournament. It is a great accomplishment for our program and the school.Ē

 

The Anchormen fell behind early and went into halftime trailing by 13 points, 36-23. Richard Stockton put the pedal to the metal in the second half, increasing the lead to as many as 21 points. Rhode Island College tried to whittle the lead down, getting as close as eight points, but could not close the gap.

 

The Anchormen shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the field and struggled from the free throw line with a 54 percent mark (13-for-24). The Ospreys made the most of their opportunities, shooting 48 percent (28-of-59) from the field and outrebounding RIC by seven, 45-38.

 

Richard Stockton junior forward Jerome Hubbard (Neptune, NJ) led all scorers with 24 points. He added seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal. Sophomore forward Kevin Brown (Neptune, NJ) was a spark off the bench, contributing 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 19 minutes. Senior guard Mario Lancioni (Runnemede, NJ) was the first half catalyst, scoring all 11 of his points in the first 20 minutes.

 

Rhode Island College junior guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) posted 13 points to go along with four assists and two steals. Freshman guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) logged 10 points and five assists. Junior guard Cameron Stewart (Newport, RI) scored 11 points and made a game-high three trifectas (3-for-6).

 

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