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March 17, 2010

 

 

 

2009-10 Rhode Island College
Menís Basketball Season Summary
(22-8 Overall; 12-2 in the Little East Conference)

Little East Conference Regular Season Champions
Little East Conference Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

 

Providence, RIóHead Coach Bob Walshís (Career record: 114-35, .765) team concluded one of the best seasons in Rhode Island College menís basketball history with a 22-8 overall record. The Anchormen reached the Sweet 16 of the 2010 NCAA Div. III Menís Basketball Tournament, before falling to Brandeis in the sectional round.

 

 

 

Rhode Island College posted a 12-2 record in the Little East Conference, capturing the programís fourth regular season championship in the past six years (2009, í07, í05). After a first-round bye, Rhode Island College defeated UMass Dartmouth (74-72) on Feb. 26 and then defeated Western Connecticut (81-80) on Feb. 27 to win the Little East Tournament title for the third time in the last four years (2008, í07). The win gave RIC an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament-the Anchormenís fourth straight appearance in the Big Dance.

 

Senior guard Jake Grimes (Providence, RI) was named First Team All-Little East and to the leagueís All-Defensive Team. He played in 30 games, starting 26 of them. Grimes averaged 14.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.6 steals per game. He ranked first on the team in points and steals, was second in blocks, while ranking third in both assists and total rebounds. Grimes, who was also in consideration for LEC Player of the Year, registered season-highs of 30 points at Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 5, nine rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 26, seven assists at UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 16 and four steals and two blocks on multiple occasions. He was named the teamís MVP and was the LEC Player of the Week on one occasion this season.

 

As a junior in 2008-09, Grimes played in four games at the University of Rhode Island. He recorded season-highs of three points and one rebound vs. UNH.

 

As a sophomore in 2007-08, Grimes averaged 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals on the Community College of Rhode Island's Region XXI Championship Team. Grimes ranks 27th all-time in career scoring for the Knights.

 

As a freshman in 2006-07, Grimes averaged 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game on the Community College of Rhode Island's Region XXI Championship Team.

 

Grimes is a management major and a 2006 graduate of St. Raphael Academy.

 

Junior forward Darius Debnam (Dorchester, MA) played in 30 games, starting 27 of them. Debnam averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game. He ranked first on the team in rebounds. Debnam had season-highs of 16 points at Southern Maine on Feb. 13, 14 rebounds vs. UMass Boston on Dec. 12 and four steals at Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 5.

 

Junior guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) was named Second Team All-Little East. Gray played in 20 games, starting 16 of them. He averaged 14.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 0.8 steals per game. He ranked second on the team in scoring and first in assists. Gray had season-highs of 29 points at Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 5, nine assists vs. Roger Williams on Nov. 28 and five rebounds and two steals on multiple occasions. He was named the LEC Tournamentís Most Outstanding Player, LEC Player of the Week once and was named to the LEC Honor Roll once this winter.

 

Junior forward Carl Lee (Warwick, RI) played in 28 games, starting 11 of them. Lee averaged 9.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.0 block and 1.2 steals per game. He ranked first on the team in blocks, was second in rebounds and was fourth in scoring. Lee had season-highs of 22 points at Amherst on Feb. 2, 16 rebounds at Bridgewater State on Nov. 24, four steals vs. Brandeis and three blocks on multiple occasions.

 

Junior guard Nick Manson (Newport, RI) played in 26 games, starting 21 of them. Manson averaged 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 three-point field goals made per game. He led the team in three-point field goals made (46) and attempted (112). Manson had season-highs of 18 points at Emmanuel on Jan. 21, seven rebounds twice, once at Becker on Jan. 6 and again vs. Southern Maine on Jan. 12 and four three-point field goals made on multiple occasions.

 

Sophomore center Mike Akinrola (Woonsocket, RI) played in 14 games. He averaged 9.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.5 steals per game. Akinrola had season-highs of 21 points at Amherst on Feb. 2 and nine rebounds vs. Rutgers-Newark on March 5.

 

Sophomore guard/forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) was named First Team All-Little East and to the leagueís All-Defensive Team. He played in 29 games, starting 28 of them. Choice ranked third on the team in scoring, was second in assists and fourth in rebounds. He averaged 13.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Choice registered season-highs of 24 points and five steals at Keene State on Jan. 9, seven assists vs. UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 26 and seven rebounds on multiple occasions.

 

Sophomore guard Keith Hamilton (Queens Village, NY) played in 25 games, starting four of them. He averaged 3.6 points and 1.0 three-point field goals made per game. Hamilton had season-highs of 19 points, with six treys, vs. UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 26 and six rebounds at Southern Maine on Feb 13.

 

Freshman guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY) was named to the Little East Conference All-Rookie Team. Carter played in 30 games, starting nine of them. He averaged 3.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.5 steals per game. Carter had season-highs of seven points on multiple occasions, six rebounds and three steals vs. UMass Boston on Dec. 12 and five assists at Amherst on Feb. 2.

 

Freshman forward Steven Roberts (New Haven, CT) played in 27 games, starting one of them. He averaged 2.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game. Roberts had season-highs of 10 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and two steals vs. Salve Regina on Dec. 8.

 

Freshman guard Ryan Santos (New Bedford, MA) played in four games. He averaged 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. He had season-highs of three points and two rebounds vs. Plymouth State on Feb. 20. Santos also posted two rebounds vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 9.

 

Freshman guard William Williams (Bronx, NY) played in 28 games. He averaged 1.3 points, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.7 rebounds per game. Williams had season-highs of five points, three steals and two rebounds on multiple occasions and six assists vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 27.

 

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