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February 26, 2013

 

TAHRIKE CARTER NAMED LITTLE EAST PLAYER & DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Chris Burton Named Second Team All-LEC;
Joins Carter & Steven Roberts on All-Defensive Team;
Mike Neal Named to All-Rookie Team
Bob Walsh Named Coach of the Year

Providence, R.I.- Senior guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY) was one of four Rhode Island College men’s basketball players to earn All-Little East honors and 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. Head Coach Bob Walsh was named the Little East Conference Coach of the Year.

 

Carter, who was named the Little East Conference Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player for his performance this past weekend, becomes 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.

 

“Tahrike’s toughness, commitment, talent and trust define the culture of our program,” said Walsh. “The approach he is able to bring to practice every day is uncommon, and it makes everyone in the gym better including myself. I’m thrilled that our league recognized how important he is to our success. He truly deserves this award.”

 

 

 Senior guard Tahrike Carter

 

Carter is the fourth Anchorman in program history to earn Player of the Year honors and also makes his debut on the All-Little East first team this season after earning second team accolades as a junior in 2012. Carter was the only member of the Anchormen to play and start in all 28 games this season. The senior is averaging 10.7 points, a team-high 6.6 rebounds, a team-leading 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game, while ranking among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in assists (2nd), assist/turnover ratio (3rd), rebounds (6th) and minutes played (7th).

 

Carter reached double figures in scoring 18 times and totaled a career-high 22 points against Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 8. He also hauled in a career-high 11 rebounds against Southern Maine on Jan. 8, handed out a career-high 10 assists on two occasions and swiped a season-high four steals on two occasions as well. He is currently tied with Mason Choice as the all-time leader in games played in Rhode Island College men’s basketball history with 116.

 

Sophomore forward Chris Burton (New Rochelle, NY) was named Second Team All-Little East and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. Burton has played in 28 games, starting 19 of them, and leads the Little East Conference with a 2.4 steals-per-game average. He is also averaging 10.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 assists per game, while shooting nearly 49 percent from the floor. Aside from leading the league in steals, Burton ranks among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in blocks (4th), rebounding (7th) and field goal percentage (8th).

 

 

 Sophomore forward Chris Burton

 

Burton reached double digits in scoring 18 times, which includes the past 10 games, and 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 in the Little East Conference Tournament Championship 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 two occasions.

 

Senior center Steven Roberts (New Haven, CT) was named to the league’s All-Defensive team for his performance this season. He played in 22 games, averaging 8.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field. Roberts is currently ranked among the top 10 in the LEC in blocked shots (8th) and field goal percentage (10th). He posted a career-high 18 points against Keene State on Jan. 12, grabbed a season-high nine rebounds and blocked a season-high four shots on two occasions and tallied a season-high four assists and a season-high two steals against Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 8.

 

 

 Senior center Steven Roberts

 

Carter, Burton and Roberts all helped the Anchormen showcase one of the most stifling defensive attacks in NCAA Div. III, ranking second in the nation in scoring defense (55.6 points per game). Rhode Island College is ranked atop the Little East team leaders in scoring margin (+10.0), field goal defense (.377), three-point defense (.268) and rebounding margin (+4.9), while sharing the conference lead in steals (10.3). Carter and his teammates have held their opponents to less than 55 points 17 times this season, including limiting then No. 1-ranked MIT to 44 points on November 19, 2012. 

 

 

 Freshman center Mike Neal

 

Meanwhile, freshman center Mike Neal (Pawtucket, RI) was named to the league’s All-Rookie team after playing and starting in 23 games during his first season with the Anchormen. He averaged 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 49 percent from the floor. 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.

 

After taking home the honors in 2007 and 2009, Walsh was named the Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year for the third time in his career with the Anchormen. Under the tutelage of Walsh, the Anchormen booked their seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III tournament and are just one of four programs in the nation to do so.

 

 

 Head Coach Bob Walsh

 

“It’s a great honor to win this award because our league has tremendous coaches for whom I have great respect,” said Walsh. “It’s really a reflection of the approach our players took in practice and their willingness to buy into a high level of accountability. This group has challenged me to be great every day and made me a lot better. I’m really proud to be their coach.”

 

Rhode Island College is currently ranked fourth in the NCAA Div. III Northeast Region and No. 13 in the latest edition of the D3Hoops.com National Poll. Walsh guided RIC to the program's seventh consecutive 20-win season with an overall record of 25-3. The Anchormen also clinched the conference regular season title with a program record 13-1 mark. Rhode Island College defeated UMass Dartmouth and Southern Maine to become the first team in conference history to advance to seven straight Little East Conference Tournament Championship games. The Anchormen utilized their hallmark defensive pressure to outlast Keene State College and capture the program's fifth LEC Conference Championship trophy.

 

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