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August 17, 2009

 

2008-09 Rhode Island College

Menís Basketball Season Summary
(23-6 Overall; 13-1 in the Little East Conference)

2009 Little East Conference Regular Season Champions

2009 NCAA Tournament

Providence, RIóHead Coach Bob Walshís (Career record: 92-27, .773) team finished the 2008-09 season with a 23-6 overall record and a 13-1 mark in the Little East Conference.

 

 

 

The Anchormenís conference record established a new program mark for Little East victories and winning percentage in a season. RIC won its third LEC Regular Season Championship in the past five years (2007, 2005).

 

Rhode Island College also earned its third consecutive berth into the NCAA Tournament. RIC was selected as one of the 12 national sites to host four teams in first and second round competition of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, for the second time in school history (2007), on March 6-7. The Anchormenís season came to an end in a 73-68 overtime loss to MIT at The Murray Center on March 6.

 

Senior guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) closed out his three-year career as an Anchorman having played in 81 games, starting 75 of them. He totaled 876 career points, 372 rebounds, 208 assists, 162 steals and 59 blocks. He averaged 10.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game for his career.

 

As a senior in 2008-09, he was named the menís basketball teamís MVP. He was  named the Little East Conference Co-Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-LEC and to the leagueís All-Defensive Team. Bailey played in 23 games, starting 21 of them. He averaged 12.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Bailey scored a season-high 21 points vs. Western Connecticut on Jan. 27, grabbed 13 rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 28, dished out six assists vs. Salve Regina on Jan. 6 and swiped four steals twice. Bailey was also named First Team All-District by the NABC, Second Team All-ECAC and Second Team All-Northeast by D3hoops.com. Bailey received the Cox Sports R.I. Basketball Media Steve McDonald Award, signifying him as the Menís Player of the Year (Div. III). He was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll once on the season.

 

As a junior in 2007-08, Bailey was named Second Team All-Little East Conference and to the leagueís 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 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2006-07, he was named to the NCAA Sectional Roundís All-Tournament Team, as well as garnering Second Team All-Little East Conference and LEC All-Defensive Team honors. He played in 31 games, starting all of them. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game. He scored a season-high 21 points in the win over Plymouth State on Dec. 9. Bailey reached double figures in scoring 17 times and logged three double-doubles on the season. He grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament win over Coast Guard on Mar. 2. He dished out a season-high eight assists vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 17 and tied for the second-most steals in a game with seven against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 6.

 

Prior to coming to RIC, Bailey played at Jacksonville College (TX) in 2004-05.

 

He is a communications major and a 2003 graduate of Durfee High School.

 

Senior guard Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) ) wraps up his four-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 114 games, starting 91 of them. He totaled 1,197 career points, 265 rebounds, 189 assists and 136 steals. Hill averaged 10.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game for his career. He is third all-time at RIC in career games, while ranking 13th in career free throw percentage and  17th in scoring.

 

As a senior in 2008-09, Hill was named First Team All-Little East for the second consecutive season. He played in 28 games, starting all of them. He averaged 10.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Hill registered season-highs of 22 points vs. Bridgewater State on Nov. 25, six rebounds vs. Keene State on Feb. 27 and eight assists and five steals at Manhattanville on Nov. 18. He was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll once on the season.

 

As a junior in 2007-08, Hill 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 Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll once during the season.

 

As a sophomore in 2006-07, Hill was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball All-Tournament Team. He played in 31 games, starting all of them. Hill averaged 11.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He registered season-highs of 23 points at Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 6, eight rebounds and six assists vs. UMass Dartmouth in the semifinals of the LEC tourney on Feb. 23, and three steals twice. Hill scored in double figures 21 times.

 

As a freshman in 2005-06, Hill played in 25 games, starting three of them. He averaged 5.0 points, 1.0 rebound and 0.9 assists per game. He registered season-highs of 13 points vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 24, four rebounds twice, three assists twice and three steals vs. Coast Guard on Mar. 1

 

He is an operations management major and a 2005 graduate of All Hallows High School.

 

Senior forward Kaseem Johnson (Bronx, NY) finished his four-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 112 games, starting 87 of them. He totaled 889 career points, 752 rebounds, 72 assists and 93 steals. He averaged 7.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game for his career. Johnson is fourth all-time at RIC in career games played and ninth in rebounding.

 

As a senior in 2008-09, Johnson was named Second Team All-Little East for the second consecutive season. He played in 24 games, starting 19 of them. He averaged 8.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.6 steals per game. Johnson registered season-highs of 15 points and 12 rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 28, five assists at Brandeis on Dec. 4 and three steals at UMass Boston on Dec. 6.

 

As a junior in 2007-08, Johnson was named Second Team All-Little East Conference and to the leagueís 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 Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll once during the season.

 

As a sophomore in 2006-07, Johnson played in 30 games, starting 27 of them. He averaged 7.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He recorded four double-doubles on the season. Johnson recorded season-highs of 19 points vs. Tufts on Nov. 18, 13 rebounds in the semifinals of the LEC tourney against UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 23 and two assists five times and four steals vs. Keene State on Dec. 2.

 

As a freshman in 2005-06, Johnson was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball All-Rookie Team. He played in 28 games, starting 12 of them. He averaged 7.1 points and was second on the team with 5.9 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of 19 points vs. Mount Ida on Nov. 18, 12 rebounds vs. Keene State on Jan. 21, two assists four times and four steals vs. Southern Maine on Jan. 10. Johnson was named LEC Rookie of the Week twice on the season.

 

He is a communications major and a 2004 graduate of Hillhouse High School.

 

Senior center Wil Lyons (Warwick, RI) wrapped up his two-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 58 games, starting 35 of them. He totaled 570 career points, 295 rebounds, 49 assists and 55 blocks. Lyons averaged 9.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.0 block per game for his career.

 

As a senior in 2008-09, Lyons played in 28 games, starting 19 of them. He averaged 10.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Lyons registered season-highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds vs. Trinity on Jan. 8 and four blocks vs. Amherst on Feb. 3. He was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll once on the season.

 

As a junior in 2007-08, Lyons 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2006-07, he played in 33 games, starting all of them, for the Community College of Rhode Island. He averaged 10.6 and 8.1 rebounds per game.

 

As a freshman in 2005-06, Lyons played in 22 games while at the Community College of Rhode Island. He averaged 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

 

He is a health and physical education major and a 2005 graduate of Pilgrim High School.

 

Senior guard Cameron Stewart (Newport, RI) finished his four-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 115 games, starting 15 of them. He totaled 950 career points, 167 three-point field goals, 315 rebounds, 191 assists and 137 steals. Stewart averaged 8.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game for his career. He is tied for first all-time at RIC in career games played.

 

As a senior in 2008-09, Stewart played in 29 games, starting one of them. He averaged 8.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Stewart registered season-highs of 29 points vs. Salve Regina on Jan. 6, six rebounds at UMass Boston on Dec. 6, six assists at Keene State on Jan. 31 and four steals vs. Amherst on Feb. 3.

 

As a junior in 2007-08, Stewart 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 Menís Basketball Weekly Honor Roll twice on the season.

 

As a sophomore in 2006-07, Stewart played in 31 games. He averaged 8.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Stewart recorded season-highs of 19 points vs. Springfield on Dec. 15, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals vs. Fitchburg State on Nov. 28. He scored in double figures 11 times.

 

As a freshman in 2005-06, Stewart was named to the Little East Conference Menís Basketball All-Rookie Team. He played in 25 games. He averaged 5.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He registered season-highs of 18 points vs. Coast Guard on Jan. 30, six rebounds vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 18, four assists vs. Southern Maine on Feb. 11, two blocks vs. Southern Maine on Jan. 10 and five steals vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 28. His .456 (26-57) three-point field goal percentage ranked him fourth in the Little East.

 

He is a business management major and a 2004 graduate of Rogers High School.

 

Junior forward Raleek Byfield (Worcester, MA) played in 18 games, starting one of them. He averaged 0.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Byfield scored a season-high four points vs. Keene State on Dec. 13 and grabbed a season-high four rebounds in a game on several occasions.

 

Sophomore forward Darius Debnam (Mattapan, MA) played in 25 games, starting seven of them. He averaged 4.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 steals per game. Debnam had season-highs of 13 points and four steals at Salve Regina on Jan. 6, 12 rebounds twice, once at UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 20 and again at Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 17, and three blocks at UMass Boston on Dec. 6.

 

Sophomore guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) was named First Team All-Little East. He played in 29 games, starting 28 of them. He averaged 10.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Gray had season-highs of 19 points vs. Keene State on Feb. 27, 11 assists at Keene State on Jan. 31, seven rebounds at Johnson and Wales on Dec. 2, and three steals at UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 20.

 

Sophomore guard Nick Manson (Newport, RI) played in seven games. He averaged 1.1 points and 0.3 rebounds per game. Manson had a season-high of three points vs. Keene State on Feb. 27.

 

Freshman forward Michael Akinrola (Woonsocket, RI) played in nine games. He averaged 1.1 points and 1.0 rebound per game. Akinrola recorded season-highs of four points and four rebounds at UMass Boston on Dec. 6.

 

Freshman guard Rob Bentil (East Hartford, CT) played in 18 games, starting eight of them. He averaged 4.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Bentil had season-highs of nine points at Manhattanville on Nov. 18, six rebounds twice, once vs. MIT on Mar. 6 and again vs. WPI on Nov. 20, four assists at UMass Boston on Dec. 6 and two steals vs. MIT on Mar. 6.

 

Freshman forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) was named to the Little East Menís Basketball All-Rookie Team. He played in 29 games, starting 13 of them. He averaged 9.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Choice had season-highs of 22 points at UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 20, 10 rebounds vs. Keene State on Dec. 13 and four assists at Salve Regina on Jan. 6. He was named Menís Basketball Rookie of the Week twice.

 

Freshman guard Jeff Desir (Stamford, CT) played in 13 games. He averaged 0.6 points and 0.4 rebounds per game. Desir had season-highs of four points and two rebounds at Roger Williams on Feb. 12.

 

Freshman guard Johnny LeBeau (Fall River, MA) played in six games. He averaged 0.3 points and 0.3 rebounds per game. LeBeau had a season-high of two points vs. UMass Boston on Jan. 24.