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May 1, 2008

 

Rhode Island College
2007-08 Men’s Basketball Season Summary

23-7 Overall; 11-3 (second place) in the Little East Conference
2008 Little East Conference Tournament Champions
2008 NCAA Tournament Second Round

Providence, RI--Head Coach Bob Walsh’s (Career record: 69-21, .767) team finished the 2007-08 season with a 23-7 overall record and captured their second consecutive Little East Conference Tournament Championship.

 

 

 

Rhode Island College posted an 11-3 record in the Little East Conference, finishing in second place. The Anchormen narrowly missed winning their second straight LEC Regular Season Championship with a loss to Eastern Connecticut during the last weekend of conference play. After a first-round win over Plymouth State, Rhode Island College traveled to UMass Dartmouth for the semifinals and finals. The Anchormen defeated long-time rival Keene State (68-63) on Feb. 29, then upset top-seeded UMass Dartmouth (55-52) to win the Little East Tournament title. RIC earned the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year.

 

RIC traveled to Richard Stockton for first and second round action of the NCAAs on Mar. 7-8. The Anchormen defeated Empire 8 Champion Nazareth (77-73) on Mar. 7 before ending its season with a loss (78-70) to Richard Stockton on Mar. 8.

 

Junior guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. He played in 27 games, starting 23 of them. Bailey averaged 10.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He scored a season-high 18 points against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 19, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 12, while logging a season-best six steals against Plymouth State on Feb. 9. Bailey was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. He logged 14 points, five boards, five assists, two steals and a block in the title contest. In the three LEC tournament games, Bailey averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.

 

Junior guard Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) was named First Team All-Little East Conference. He played in 30 games, starting 29 of them. Hill averaged 13.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He scored a season-high 29 points twice, accomplishing the feat vs. Western Connecticut on Jan. 29 and at Keene State on Dec. 8. Hill recorded season-highs of eight rebounds vs. Nazareth on Mar. 7, as well as four assists and four steals in a game on several occasions. He went 16-for-20 from the charity stripe vs. Keene State on Dec. 8, logging the third-most makes and fourth-most free throw attempts in a game in school history. He was named to the Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll once during the season.

 

Junior forward Kaseem Johnson (New Haven, CT) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. He played in 30 games, starting 29 of them, averaging 9.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, as well as, 0.9 marks in assists and steals, per game. Johnson scored a season-high 21 points vs. Plymouth State on Feb. 9, grabbed 16 rebounds vs. Framingham State on Jan. 10, three blocks vs. Springfield on Nov. 17 and recorded five steals vs. Keene State on Dec. 8. He was named to the Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll once during the season.

 

Junior guard Justin Lopez (Providence, RI) played in 21 games, starting four of them. He averaged 3.0 points and 0.8 rebounds per game. Lopez scored a season-high 12 points twice, vs. Roger Williams on Jan. 7 and Salve Regina on Dec. 6. He grabbed three rebounds in a game on several occasions.

 

Junior center Wil Lyons (Warwick, RI) played in 30 games, starting 16 of them. He averaged 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Lyons scored a season-high 25 points vs. Plymouth State on Feb. 9, grabbed 13 rebounds vs. UMass Boston on Dec. 1 and handed out a season-best three assists vs. Eastern Connecticut on Feb. 23.

 

Junior forward Zerimar Ramirez (Pawtucket, RI) played in 28 games, starting 12 of them. He averaged 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Ramirez scored a season-high eight points on three separate occasions, while collecting 14 rebounds vs. Fitchburg State on Nov. 27.

 

Junior guard Matt St. Ours (West Greenwich, RI) played in four games before an injury cut short his campaign. He averaged 0.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. St. Ours scored a season-high three points vs. Trinity on Dec. 11.

 

Junior guard Cameron Stewart (Newport, RI) played in 30 games, starting 14 of them. He averaged 10.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Stewart scored a season-high 21 points vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 12, grabbed nine rebounds at Keene State on Dec. 8, dished out six assists vs. Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 19 and logged three steals on several occasions. He was named to the Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll twice on the season.

 

Sophomore forward Raleek Byfield (Worcester, MA) played in seven games, averaging 0.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. He scored two points and grabbed four rebounds vs. Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 19.

 

Freshman forward Darius Debnam (Mattapan, MA) played in 27 games, starting two of them. He averaged 2.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Debnam scored a season-high 10 points at UMass Boston on Jan. 26 and grabbed 10 rebounds vs. Richard Stockton on Mar. 8.

 

Freshman guard Anthony Fortes (East Providence, RI) was named to the Little East Conference’s All-Rookie Team. He played in 27 games, starting nine of them. Fortes averaged 7.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. He scored a season-high 22 points at Keene State, draining four three-pointers, vs. Keene State on Dec. 8, grabbed 10 rebounds on two occasions and dished out four assists at Trinity on Dec. 11. Fortes was named the Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week once during the season.

 

Freshman guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) was named to the Little East Conference’s All-Rookie Team. He played in 28 games, starting nine of them. Gray averaged 6.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He scored a season-high 13 points at Plymouth State on Jan. 12, grabbed six rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 22, handed out seven assists vs. Johnson & Wales on Dec. 4 and logged two steals on several occasions.

 

Freshman guard Kevin Williams (New Rochelle, NY) played in 26 games, averaging 0.9 points and 0.4 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high five points vs. Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 19 and grabbed two rebounds vs. Plymouth State on Feb. 9.