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October 23, 2008

 

RIC MENíS BASKETBALL RANKED
NO. 16 IN THE NATION

Providence, RIó The Rhode Island College menís basketball team is ranked No. 16 in the nation (Div. III) in the D3Hoops.com preseason poll.

 

 

 

Head Coach Bob Walshís team returns 10 players and all five starters from last seasonís edition, which went 23-7 and captured the programís second consecutive Little East Conference Tournament Championship. The Anchormen reached the Second Round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

 

RIC opens the 2008-09 season with an exhibition game against Div. I and Ocean State rival University of Rhode Island on Friday, Nov. 7 in Kingston.

 

Senior guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) highlights a host of talented returnees. He was named Second Team All-Little East Conference and to the leagueís All-Defensive Team last winter. 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 Menís 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.

 

 

 Senior Guard Bobby Bailey

 

Senior guard Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) was named First Team All-Little East Conference a year ago. 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 Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll once during the season.

 

 

Senior Guard Tirrell Hill

 

Senior forward Kaseem Johnson (New Haven, CT) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference and to the leagueís All-Defensive Team in 2007-08. 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 Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll once during the season.

 

 

Senior Forward Kaseem Johnson

 

Senior guard Cameron Stewart (Newport, RI) played in 30 games, starting 14 of them last winter. 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 Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll twice on the season.

 

 

 Senior Guard Cameron Stewart

 

Senior center Wil Lyons (Warwick, RI) played in 30 games, starting 16 of them last season. 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.

 

 

Senior Center Wil Lyons

 

Sophomore guard Anthony Fortes (East Providence, RI) was named to the Little East Conferenceís All-Rookie Team last season. 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 Menís Basketball Rookie of the Week once during the season.

 

 

Sophomore Guard Anthony Fortes

 

Sophomore guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) was named to the Little East Conferenceís All-Rookie Team in í07-8. 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.

 

 

 Sophomore Guard Antone Gray

 

Freshman forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) and rookie Rob Bentil (East Hartford, CT), who missed all of last season with an injury, are two talented newcomers to the squad.

 

 

 Freshman Forward Mason Choice

 

 

 Freshman Guard Rob Bentil

 

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