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January 17, 2009

 

DEBNAM HELPS RIC DEFEAT
EASTERN CONNECTICUT, 67-56
Anchormen score 10 straight points late in game to post Little East victory

Willimantic, CT-Sophomore forward Darius Debnam (Mattapan, MA) sparked a run of 10 straight Rhode Island College points over a four-minute stretch late in the game that carried the Anchormen to a 67-56 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

 

The two-time defending LEC tournament champions, Rhode Island (10-4, 4-1) broke from a tie with eight minutes left in the game by scoring 10 straight points, as Eastern (7-8, 2-3) missed four shots and turned the ball over four times on eight points in that stretch that allowed the Anchormen to surge into a 61-51 lead with three minutes left.

 

In that 10-0 run, Debnam had four rebounds and a steal, which contributed the final three points of the spurt. Freshman forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) converted two inside buckets in that ten-point run, and sophomore guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) swished his only three-point field goal of the game. Debnam and Choice both came off the bench in the game.

 

Rhode Island forced 11 second-half Eastern turnovers with eight steals, and turned them into 13 points.

 

A winner of five of its last six, Rhode Island got a team-high 18 points from senior guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA), who also had seven rebounds. Gray had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists. Eight of his points came from the free throw line (seven in the second half). Debnam came off the bench for nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds that helped RIC to a nine-point advantage on the boards.

 

Eastern sophomore guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown, CT) tied his season-high with 22 points and added a team-high seven rebounds. Freshman forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia, CT) added 11 points  and junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford, CT) chipped in with 10. Ortizí second three-point field goal of the game with 11:48 left made him the programís all-time leader with 157 three-pointers.

 

With the win, Rhode Island keeps pace among the LEC leaders. The Anchormen are tied for second place with Keene State, a game behind UMass Dartmouth.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College continues the Little East Conference schedule at UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

 

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