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August 7, 2013

 

2012-13 Rhode Island College
Men’s Basketball Season Summary

(26-4 Overall; 13-1 in the Little East Conference)
Little East Conference Regular Season Champions
Little East Conference Tournament Champions
2013 NCAA Div. III Tournament

Providence, R.I.-Head Coach Bob Walsh’s (Career Record: 184-54, .773) team finished the 2012-2013 season with a 26-4 overall record and a 13-1 mark in the Little East Conference. The Anchormen notched their seventh consecutive 20-win campaign and equaled the program record for single-season conference victories. RIC recorded its sixth Little East Conference Regular Season Championship in the last nine years and followed with its fifth Little East Conference Tournament Championship in the last nine years as well. 

 

The Anchormen clinched their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and drew a date with Hobart in the First Round of the 2013 NCAA Div. III Men’s Basketball Tournament. In what proved to be a thrilling back and forth affair at The Murray Center on March 2, Rhode Island College narrowly escaped with a 62-59 overtime victory to advance to the round of 32. However, despite earning home-court advantage for a second straight weekend, RIC’s run came to a halt in the Second Round as Morrisville State knocked off the Anchormen, 66-61, in overtime on March 9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After opening the season with an exhibition contest at Div. I Providence College on Nov. 3, RIC opened the regular season with seven straight victories. The early-season run was highlighted by a 68-44 thrashing of MIT at The Murray Center on Nov. 29. At the time, the Engineers were ranked No. 1 in the country. The Anchormen finally dropped their first contest of the season against perennial powerhouse WPI, 79-68, on Dec. 6 and returned home to face Eastern Connecticut, the defending LEC Champions, on Dec. 8. The Warriors shot 66 percent in the first half alone, en route to the, 76-68, victory over Rhode Island College to hand RIC its first conference loss and its first losing streak of the season.

 

 

 

However, the resilient Anchormen quickly rebounded with nine straight victories through the end of December and into January, including a thrilling 58-55 win at home against LEC rival Keene State. RIC capped off the run with a 60-50 win over Eastern Connecticut on the road to improve its record to 16-2. Rhode Island College finally slipped up again in a 74-65 loss to Amherst on Jan. 29, the eventual Div. III National Champion. Yet, the Anchormen bounced back with six straight victories to close out the regular season with a 22-3 record overall. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIC entered the LEC Tournament as the No. 1 seed and quickly dispatched eighth-seeded UMass Dartmouth, 62-58, in the First Round on Feb. 19 to earn homecourt advantage through the remainder of the tournament. The Anchormen followed with a 61-47 victory over fourth-seeded Southern Maine in the semifinals on Feb. 22 to advance to its seventh consecutive Little East Conference Tournament Championship game. In an action-packed thriller between two bitter LEC rivals, RIC took down third-seeded Keene State, 60-53, in the title game on Feb. 23 to earn its first Little East Conference Tournament Championship since 2011.

 

 

 

Defense was the name of the game for the Anchormen. At the conclusion of its season, RIC ranked third nationally in both scoring defense (56.1 points per game) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.277), while ranking eighth in field goal percentage defense (.378). Furthermore, Rhode Island College held its opponents 55 points or less 17 times and held its opponents to 50 points or less on 10 different occasions.

 

 

 

Senior guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY) closed out his four-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 118 games, starting 80 of them. He compiled 823 points, 530 rebounds, 313 assists, 141 steals and 31 blocked shots. For his career, Carter averaged 7.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks. He is the all-time leader in games played in Rhode Island College men’s basketball history and ranks 10th all-time in career assists.

 

 

 

As a senior in 2012-2013, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) named Carter a 2013 Second Team All-American. Carter is one of only four All-Americans in Rhode Island College men’s basketball history and the first to earn the honor since Alex Butler in 1997. Ricky Wilson (’72) and Troy Smith (’93) were the other two Anchormen to earn All-American honors. 

 

 

 

Carter was named a 2013 Third Team D3Hoops.com All-American and was also named First-Team All-Northeast District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), First Team All-Northeast Region by D3hoops.com and was also chosen to participate in the 2013 NABC Reese’s Division III College All-Star game.

 

 

 

Furthermore, he was named the 2013 Little East Conference Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Little East and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. Carter became the first player in league history to earn Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors in the same season. He also joins former RIC standout Bobby Bailey as the only other player to win Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season.

 

 

 

Carter, who was named the men’s basketball team’s MVP, was the only member of the Anchormen to start in all 30 games. He averaged 10.7 points, a team-high 6.6 rebounds, a team-leading 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while ranking among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in assists (2nd), assist/turnover ratio (3rd), steals (5th), rebounds (6th) and minutes played (7th). Carter reached double figures in scoring 20 times and finished the season with three double-doubles. He totaled a career-high 22 points against Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 8 and hauled in a career-high 11 rebounds on two occasions. Carter handed out a career-high 10 assists on two occasions and also swiped a season-high four steals on two occasions as well. 

 

 

 

As a junior in 2011-2012, Carter was named Second Team All-Little East and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. He played in 29 games, starting all of them. Carter averaged 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while also averaging a team-high 4.2 assists and a team-high 1.6 steals. He scored a season-high 20 points against Amherst on Jan. 31, corralled a season-high 10 rebounds on Nov. 19 against Lasell, swiped a season-high five steals on Feb. 24 against Western Connecticut, and dished out a season-high of nine assists on two occasions. Carter was among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in rebounds, steals, and field goal percentage, while ranking third in assists. He cracked double-digits in scoring 18 times on the year.

 

 

 

As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Carter played in 29 games, starting 12 of them. He averaged 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals per game. Carter cracked double-digits in scoring twice, including a season-high 11 points at UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 25. His best performance of the year came in the form of a 10 point, 10-rebound double-double in a win at UMass Boston on Dec. 11. Carter also posted season-highs of six assists at Johnson and Wales on Nov. 30 and four steals at Lasell on Nov. 20.

 

 

 

As a freshman in 2009-2010, Carter was named to the Little East Conference All-Rookie Team. He played in 30 games, starting nine of them. Carter averaged 3.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.5 steals per game. He had season-highs of seven points on multiple occasions, six rebounds and three steals against UMass Boston on Dec. 12 and five assists at Amherst on Feb. 2.

 

 

 

Carter is a management major and a 2009 graduate of Benjamin Banneker Academy.

 

 

 

Senior guard Randy Casey (Attleboro, MA) closed out his two-year career with the Anchormen having playing in 51 games, starting one of them. He totaled 64 points, 70 rebounds, 37 assists and 20 steals. Casey averaged 1.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.4 steals per game for his career at RIC.

 

 

 

As a senior in 2012-2013, Casey played in 29 games. He averaged 1.6 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.3 steals per game. Casey totaled a season-high six points on two occasions, hauled in a season-high five rebounds against Lasell on Nov. 15, dished out a season-high four assists against Plymouth State on Dec. 1, and swiped a season-high two steals on two occasions.

 

 

 

As a junior in 2011-2012, Casey played in 22 games, starting one of them. He averaged 0.9 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, and 0.5 steals per game. Casey notched a season-high of four points against Plymouth State on Jan. 21, while hauling in season-highs of four rebounds and three assists on three different occasions.

 

 

 

As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Casey played in 24 games while at Dean College. He averaged 7.6 points, 5.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

 

 

 

As a freshman in 2007-2008, Casey played in seven games while at Wheaton College. He averaged 1.6 points per game.

 

 

 

Casey is a communications major and a 2007 graduate of the Canterbury School.

 

 

 

Senior guard Ethan Gaye (Providence, RI) wrapped up his three-year career at RIC having played in 73 games, starting 46 of them. He compiled 248 points, 169 rebounds, 71 assists and 58 steals. For his career, Gaye averaged 3.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.8 steals per game.

 

 

 

As a senior in 2012-2013, Gaye played in 20 games, starting 17 of them. He averaged 4.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Gaye poured in a season-high of 11 points twice on the year, while corralling a season-high seven rebounds on two occasions as well. He dished out a season-high three assists three times and swiped a season-high four steals on two occasions.

 

 

 

As a junior in 2011-2012, Gaye played in 28 games, starting all of them. He averaged 4.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.7 steals per game. Gaye tallied a season-high 10 points at Wheaton on Jan. 15, corralled a season-high six rebounds against Lasell on Nov. 19, and handed out a season-high of four assists at Western Connecticut on Jan. 24.

 

 

 

As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Gaye played in 25 games, starting one of them. He averaged 1.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.6 steals per game. Gaye had season-highs of seven points twice and picked up eight key rebounds in the epic, double overtime victory against Keene State in the Little East Tournament Semifinals. He also posted season bests of four assists at Western Connecticut on Feb. 8 and three steals against UMass Boston on Jan. 29.

 

 

 

Gaye is a social work major and a 2008 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School. He is a transfer from the University of Rhode Island.

 

 

 

Senior center Steven Roberts (New Haven, CT) closed out his four-year career with the Anchormen having played in 101 games, starting one of them. He tallied 446 points, 363 rebounds, 82 blocked shots, 39 assists and 32 steals. For his career, Roberts averaged 4.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 0.4 assists and 0.3 steals per game.

 

 

 

As a senior in 2012-2013, Roberts was named to the league’s All-Defensive Team. He played in 24 games, averaging 7.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, 0.6 assists and 0.4 steals per game off the bench. Roberts finished the season ranked eighth in the LEC in blocked shots on the year. He posted nine double-digit scoring efforts, including a career-high 18 points against Keene State on Jan. 12. Roberts grabbed a season-high nine rebounds and blocked a season-high three shots on two occasions, while also tallying a season-high four assists and a season-high two steals against Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 8.

 

 

 

As a junior in 2011-2012, Roberts played in 23 games. He averaged 3.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.5 steals and 0.5 assists per game, while blocking 14 shots on the season. Roberts tallied a season-high eight points on three separate occasions, a season-high eight rebounds on Feb. 14 against Western Connecticut, and a season-high of three assists against Salem State on March 2.

 

 

 

As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Roberts played in 27 games. He averaged 4.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.2 steals and 1.0 block per game. Roberts cracked double digits in scoring in four games. His best performance of the year came in the form of a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double, to go along with two steals, in a Nov. 23 victory over Bridgewater State, which represented season-highs in all three categories. Roberts also distributed a season-high four assists in a win over Southern Maine on Feb. 12 and recorded five blocks in a win over Keene State on Jan. 8.

 

 

 

As a freshman in 2009-2010, Roberts 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.

 

 

 

Roberts is a communications major and a 2009 graduate of Hillhouse High School.

 

 

 

Senior guard Fernando Torres (Patterson, NY) played in five games after joining the Anchormen for the spring semester. He averaged 1.2 points per game on the year and scored a season-high two points on three occasions. Torres also dished out an assist and corralled a rebound against Wheaton on Jan. 3.

 

 

 

Torres is an elementary education major with a concentration in math and a 2007 graduate of Brewster High School.

 

 

 

Junior guard Tom DeCiantis (North Kingstown, RI) played in 30 games, starting 17 of them. For the season, he averaged 8.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 0.8 steals per game. DeCiantis knocked down a team-high 49 three-pointers and ranked ninth in the Little East Conference in both three-point shooting percentage (.383) and three-pointers per game (1.6). He posted 12 double-digit scoring efforts and tallied a season-high 19 points on two occasions. DeCiantis also hauled in a season-high seven rebounds on three occasions, swiped a season-high three steals on three occasions and dished out a season-high four assists on two occasions.

 

 

 

Junior guard Kadeem Francis (White Plains, NY) played in 16 games. He averaged 0.8 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game on the year. Francis tallied a season-high five points against Wheaton on Jan. 3, a season-high four rebounds against Salve Regina on Dec. 4, and a season-high two assists against MIT on Nov. 29.

 

 

 

Junior guard Michael Palumbo (Providence, RI) played in 30 games. He averaged 4.7 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.5 steals per game for the season. Palumbo posted five double-digit scoring efforts on the year and finished with a season-high 13 points against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 26. He also recorded a season-high four rebounds on two occasions, a season-high four assists against Bridgewater State on Nov. 20, and a season-high three steals against Bates on Nov. 25.

 

 

 

Junior guard Nyheem Sanders (Pawtucket, RI) played in 25 games, starting 13 of them. He averaged a team-high 11.4 points per game to go along with 2.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Sanders ranked second in the LEC in steals per game and ranked fifth in free throw shooting (.802). He scored in double figures 16 times on the season. He registered season-highs of 20 points and six rebounds against Johnson & Wales on Dec. 19. Sanders also dished out a season-high five assists against Hobart on March 2 and notched a season-high six steals against WPI on Dec. 6.

 

 

 

Sophomore forward Chris Burton (New Rochelle, NY) was named Second Team All-Little East and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. He played in 30 games, starting 21 of them. Burton averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, a team-high 2.6 steals, a team-high 1.4 blocks and 1.1 assists per game on the year. He led the LEC in steals, ranked fourth in blocked shots, seventh in rebounding and ninth in field goal percentage (.475). Burton reached double digits in scoring 19 times and recorded four double-doubles. He tallied a career-high 20 points against Clark University on Jan. 31. Burton also corralled a career-high 14 rebounds on Feb. 10 against Southern Maine, swiped a career-high eight steals against Keene State on Feb. 23, dished out a career-high five assists against Western Connecticut on Feb. 13 and blocked a season-high four shots on three occasions.

 

 

 

Sophomore forward Alex Cruz (East Hartford, CT) played in 29 games, starting 14 of them. He averaged 4.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.7 assists per game for the season. Cruz finished with four double-digit scoring efforts on the year and recorded a season-high 12 points on three occasions. He also registered a season-high seven rebounds against Western Connecticut on Jan. 22, a season-high five steals against Plymouth State on Jan. 19 and a season-high three assists on three occasions.

 

 

 

Sophomore forward Jacob Page (Brookline, MA) played in 30 games, starting 15 of them. He averaged 1.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.4 steals per game on the year. Page tallied season-highs of 11 points and eight rebounds against Lasell on Nov. 15, while also recording a season-high three steals against Keene State on Feb. 16 and a season-high two assists against UMass Boston on Feb. 2.

 

 

 

Freshman forward Ryan Lawton (West Warwick, RI) played in 11 games. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Lawton tallied a season-high five points on two occasions, a season-high six rebounds against Southern Maine on Feb. 22 and a season-high two blocked shots against Keene State on Feb. 23.

 

 

 

Freshman guard Trevor Morgera (Newport, RI) played in 10 games. He averaged 0.6 points and 0.6 rebounds per game on the season. Morgera came off the bench to record season-highs of six points and three rebounds against Wheaton on Jan. 3.

 

 

 

Freshman center Mike Neal (Pawtucket, RI) was named to the Little East Conference All-Rookie Team. He played in 25 games, starting 23 of them, and averaged 3.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Neal posted a season-high 12 points in his collegiate debut against Lasell in Nov. 15 and gathered a season-high nine rebounds against Keene State on Jan. 12.

 

 

 

Freshman guard Jazz Robinson (Pawtucket, RI) played in 12 games. He averaged 0.5 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. Robinson recorded a season-high three points on two occasions, while registering season-highs of five rebounds and three assists against UMass Boston on Feb. 2.