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December 13, 2008

 

 

 

KATHANíS TREY FORCES OT AS OWLS OUTLAST ANCHORMEN, 85-81

 

Providence, RIóSenior forward Tyler Kathan (Ludlow, VT) drained a three-point basket with 10 seconds left in regulation and junior guard Bryan OíLeary (Gilford, NH) scored the first seven points of overtime to lead Keene State past Rhode Island College, 85-81, in Little East Conference menís basketball action at The Murray Center.

 

 

 

RIC sees its record fall to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the LEC, while the Owls improve to 6-2 and 2-0 in league play.

 

 

 

The Anchormen were on the verge on winning the game when senior guard Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) drained a long-range three pointer with four seconds left on the shot clock and 25 ticks remaining in regulation to put RIC up, 72-69. The Anchormenís defense forced a timeout call with 12 seconds left. Kathan took the inbounds pass, avoided a defender and leaned into the trifecta to knot the game.

 

 

 

 Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo presents senior guard Tirrell Hill with the game ball he scored his 1,000th career point prior to the start of the game.

 

Rhode Island College had two chances to win the game, but a three-point attempt from senior guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) caught the front of the iron and freshman guard Rob Bentilís (East Hartford, CT) tip rimmed out at the buzzer.

 

The Owls ran off seven straight points, capitalizing on three RIC turnovers, which resulted OíLearyís buckets, to begin overtime. The Anchormen climbed back to within two, 79-77, with 1:16 remaining on a sophomore guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) layup.

 

Keene State senior forward Nate Anderson (Westminster, MA) drained a big three-pointer to put the Owls up, 82-77, with 47 seconds left. RIC senior center Wil Lyons (Warwick, RI) potential game-tying trey came up short and Keene State connected on two free throws to end the game.

 

The Owls, who trailed by 13 points, 57-44, with 12:56 left in the second half, used a quick nine-point run, capped by an OíLeary three to set up the late-game heroics.

 

OíLeary led five Owls in double figures with 20 points, while Kathan posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Quinton McMillian (Springfield, MA) scored 12 of his 14 points in the final half.

 

Lyons posted his second straight double-double with a 14-point, 12-rebound effort, while freshman forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) was one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 boards. Gray led all RIC scorers with 15 points.

 

RIC off for finals and the holidays and will resume play at Salve Regina on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

 

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