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February 7, 2009

 

 

 

BAILEY POWERS ANCHORMEN
PAST PANTHERS

Anchormen Win Seventh Straight Game

 

Plymouth, NHóSenior Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) scored a game-high 17 points on Saturday afternoon as Rhode Island College ran away from Plymouth State, 62-46, in a Little East Conference menís basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

 

 

 

The Anchormen won their seventh straight and 13th in their last 14 games. RIC improved to 16-4 overall and 9-1 in the LEC, maintaining a share of first place. Plymouth State was held to a season-low 46 points and dropped to 9-12 overall and 5-5 in conference play.

 

 

 

 

 

 Senior Guard Bobby Bailey (photo by autumnstudios.com)

 

 

 

Seniors Kaseem Johnson (New Haven, CT) and Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) added 12 points apiece for the winners.  Sophomore guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) finished with seven points and nine assists.

 

 

 

PSU junior Jason OíKeefe (Everett, MA) led the Panthers with 15 points off the bench.  Junior Bryan Tracy (Manchester, NH) was the only other PSU player to score in double figures, ending up with 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

 

 

 

It was a close game for the first half. RIC pulled ahead by six points, 24-18, with six minutes remaining, but PSU kept it close and trailed by just two, 26-24, at the half.

 

 

 

After the Panthers tied the score at 28-28 early in the second half, RIC rattled off seven straight points and never trailed again. PSU was still within seven points, 47-40, with five minutes to play, but the Anchormen outscored the Panthers, 15-6, the rest of the way. The 16-point final margin was RICís largest of the day.

 

 

 

The two defenses played well with the hosts holding RIC to a 40 percent shooting performance and the visitors limiting Plymouth State to just 34 percent. The Panthers had a 45-29 advantage on the boards. The Anchormen turned the ball over just 10 times compared to 21 for the home team.

 

 

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College hosts UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Feb. 10 in a battle for first place in the Little East Conference. The Corsairs, who also won today, are tied with the Anchormen with a 9-1 record in league play.

 

 

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