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May 18, 2015

 

2014-15 Rhode Island College Menís Basketball
Season Summary
(20-8 Overall; 10-4 in the Little East Conference)

Providence, R.I.- First-year Head Coach Michael Byrnesí menís basketball team finished the 2014-2015 season with a 20-8 overall record and a 10-4 mark (second place) in the Little East Conference.

 

It marked the ninth straight season that the Anchormen reached the 20-win plateau. Rhode Island College reached the Little East Conference Tournament Championship Game for the ninth consecutive season before falling to long-time rival Keene State, 75-57, in the title contest.

 

 

 

Senior guard Eric Alleyne (Watertown, MA) closed out his two-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 57 games, starting 51 of them. He totaled 591 points (10.4 ppg), 164 rebounds (2.9 rpg), 198 assists (3.5 apg) and 85 steals (1.5 spg).

 

As a senior in 2014-2015, Alleyne was named Second Team All-Little East. He played in all 28 games, starting 27 of them. Alleyne averaged 14.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He scored in double figures on 22 different occasions and led the Anchormen in scoring in 12 games on the season. Alleyne ranked first on the team in both assists and free throw percentage (.769), while ranking second in scoring and steals. Alleyne scored a season-high 26 points against Keene State on Feb. 7. He grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against Keene State on Jan. 10. Alleyne dished out a season-best nine assists against UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 29. Alleyne swiped a season-high six steals against Southern Maine on Feb. 14, while also registering five steals in three other contests.

 

As a junior in 2013-2014, Alleyne was one of three Anchormen to play in all 29 games and started in 24 of them. He averaged 6.3 points, 2.6 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game. Alleyne led the team in assists, ranked second in steals and third in free throw percentage (.739). He scored in double figures on nine occasions and poured in a season-high 19 points at Eastern Connecticut in the 2014 Little East Conference Championship Game on March 1. Alleyne handed out a season-high seven assists and gathered a season-high five rebounds against UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 28. He tallied a season-high three steals on three occasions. Alleyne buried a season-high three three-pointers against Southern Maine on Feb. 25 and sank a season-high eight free throws against Elms on Dec. 5.

 

As a sophomore in 2012-2013, Alleyne Played in 33 games, starting 30 of them, for MassBay Community College. He averaged 7.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

 

As a freshman in 2011-2012, Alleyne played in 14 games, starting four of them, while at Div. II Palm Beach Atlantic University. He averaged 3.4 points, 1.0 rebounds 1.6 assists and 0.7 steals per game. Alleyne registered double figures in scoring during three games, which included a season-high 13 points in his first collegiate start at Saint Leo on Dec. 17.

 

Alleyne is a marketing major and a 2010 graduate of Brimmer & May School.

 

Senior forward Chris Burton (New Rochelle, NY) wrapped up his illustrious career at Rhode Island College playing in 112 games, starting 66 of them. He became the 32nd player in Rhode Island College menís basketball history to reach the 1,000-point milestone, finishing with 1,111 points (9.9 ppg), the 22nd most in school history.

 

He totaled 632 rebounds (5.6 rpg), 151 assists (1.3 apg), 161 blocks (1.4 bpg) and 221 steals (1.9 spg).

 

As a senior in 2014-2015, Burton was named First Team All-Little East for the second consecutive season and was named to the leagueís All-Defensive Team for the third straight year. He was selected as the teamís MVP. Burton played in 27 games, starting 25 of them. Burton averaged 14.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.8 blocks per game. He ranked fifth in the league in scoring and rebounding, first in steals and second in blocked shots. Burton led the team in scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals on the season. He finished the season scoring in double figures on 21 occasions, while recording double-digit rebounds on seven occasions, highlighted by a 29-points, 13-rebound, six-steal and five-block effort against UMass Boston on Jan. 31.

 

He snagged a season-high 13 rebounds against Brockport on Nov. 15, and again against UMass Boston on Jan. 31. He handed out a season-best five assists at Keene State on Feb. 7 and against Western Connecticut on Feb. 10. Burton swatted a season-high five shots against Keene St. on Jan. 10 and again against UMass Boston on Jan. 31. His season-best, six-steal effort came against the Beacons on Jan. 31, and he recorded four steals in a game on seven separate occasions. Burton was the Little East Player of the Week and ECAC New England Co-Player of the Week once on the season.

 

As a junior in 2013-14, Burton was named First Team All-Little East and was also named to the leagueís All-Defensive Team. He was also named the teamís MVP and the 2014 Little East Conference Menís Basketball Tournamentís Most Outstanding Player. Burton played in 27 games, starting 19 of them, and led the team in minutes played (27.0 mpg). He averaged 12.0 points, a team-high 6.3 rebounds, a team-high 2.4 steals, 1.9 assists and a team-high 1.9 blocks per game. Burton led the LEC in steals, ranked third in blocked shots, and ninth in rebounding. He also ranked second on the Anchormen in scoring and third on the team in three-pointers with 24 on the year. Burton finished with 19 double-digit scoring efforts on the season, highlighted by a 27-point, 14-rebound outburst against Western Connecticut on Feb. 11.

 

He posted double digit rebounds on four occasions and pulled down a season-high 15 boards against Elms College on Dec. 5. Burton swiped a season-high six steals at UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 18, blocked five shots against Lasell on Nov. 21 and dished out five assists against Plymouth State on Feb. 22. He drained a season-high five three-pointers against Western Connecticut on Feb. 11 and connected on a season-high 10 free throws against UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 28. Burton was named the Little East Conference Player of the Week once on the season.

 

As a sophomore in 2012-13, he was named Second Team All-Little East and to the leagueís 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.

 

As a freshman in 2011-12, Burton played in 28 games, starting one of them. He averaged 2.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.5 steals per game, while registering 20 blocked shots on the year. Burton registered season-highs of 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists on Jan. 7 against UMass Boston, while blocking a season-high four shots on Jan. 28 against Eastern Connecticut. He also came up with a season-high three steals in a win over Brandeis on Nov. 27.

 

Burton is a communications major and a 2011 graduate of New Rochelle High School.

 

Senior center Victor Smith (Providence, RI) wraps up his two-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 51 games, starting 15 of them. He totaled 511 career points (10.0 ppg), 266 rebounds (5.2 rpg) and 53 blocks (1.0 bpg).

 

As a senior in 2014-2015, Smith was named Second Team All-Little East. He played in 22 games, starting two of them. Smith averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He scored in double figures 14 times on the year, highlighted by a 16-point outburst against UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 17. Smith recorded reached double figures in rebounding twice on the season with his season-high of 11 coming against Southern Maine on Feb. 14. He recorded a season-best two assists twice on the year. Smith registered a season-high three blocks twice on the season. He swiped a season high three steals on two different occasions. Smith recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against UMass Boston on Jan. 31. He led the Anchormen in scoring on three different occasions, while leading RIC in rebounding on four different occasions.

 

As a junior in 2013-2014, Smith was named First Team All-Little East. He was one of three Anchormen to play in all 29 games this season and started in 13 of them. Smith averaged 10.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 0.8 assists and 0.4 steals per game. He led the Little East Conference in field goal percentage after shooting 54 percent (132-for-244) from the floor. Smith also ranked second on the squad and eighth in the LEC in blocked shots, while ranking third on the team in rebounding. 

 

He registered 13 double-digit scoring efforts, including a season-high 22-point outburst against Keene State on Feb. 8. Smith grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds against York in the NCAA Tournament on March 6. He also swatted a season-high five shots against Keene State on Feb. 8, dished out a season-high four assists against Elms on Dec. 5 and swiped a season-high two steals on two occasions. He was named to the Babson Invitational All-Tournament Team on Nov. 16 and was named the Little East Conference Player of the Week once on the season.

 

As a sophomore in 2012-2013 Smith played at Bristol Community College.

 

As a freshman in 2011-2012, he played in 24 games while at Bristol Community College. Smith averaged 9.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

 

He is a psychology major and a 2007 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School.

 

Junior forward Patrick Matthews (Waipahu, HI) played in 27 games. He averaged 6.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocks per game. Matthews reached double figures in scoring on seven different occasions. Matthews scored a season-high 17 points against Amherst on Feb. 3. He grabbed a season-best eight rebounds at Southern Maine on Jan. 13. He dished out a season-high three assists on two separate occasions for the Anchormen. Matthews recorded a season-high two steals against Salve Regina on Nov. 29. He registered a season-best three blocked shots in the Little East Conference Championship game against Keene State on Feb. 28.

 

Junior forward Mike Neal (Pawtucket, RI) played in all 28 games, starting 27 of them. He averaged 3.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.5 steals per contest. Neal shot 59.7 percent (40-for-67) and scored in double digits once on the season. He scored a season-best 11 points against Salve Regina on Nov. 29. He grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in the Little East Tournament Championship Game against Keene State on Feb. 28. Neal recorded a season-high three assists against MIT on Dec. 11. He registered one block on four separate occasions on the year. Neal recorded two steals in three different games for the Anchormen.

 

Sophomore guard John Gause (Mount Vernon, NY) played in 23 games, starting one of them. He averaged 1.8 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.6 steals per contest. Gause scored a season-best nine points against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 24. He grabbed a season-high six rebounds in the season-opener against Brockport on Nov. 15. He handed out a season-best four assists against Brockport on Nov. 15. He registered three steals on two different occasions for the Anchormen.

 

Sophomore forward Terrance Tribble (White Plains, NY) played in 28 games, starting all of them. He averaged 5.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. Tribble scored a season-high 13 points (on 9-for-10 shooting from the foul line) against Keene State on Jan. 10. He hauled in a season-best 10 boards at Elms on Dec. 2. Tribble handed out a season-high three assists in five games. He registered a season-high four steals at UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 29. He recorded three blocks on two separate occasions. Tribble led the Anchormen in shooting percentage, finishing the year shooting 62.6 percent (62-for-99) from the floor. He ranked second on the team in blocks (23) and was third in steals (30).

 

Freshman guard Roosevelt Shider (Meriden, CT) wrapped up his inaugural campaign by being named to the Little East All-Rookie Team. Shider, a one-time Rookie of the Week honoree, was one of four Anchormen to appear in all 28 games and made 25 starts. He averaged 9.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Shider led the team in scoring on four occasions, pouring in a season-best 23 points in a victory over Southern Maine on Jan. 13. He ranked third in the Little East in minutes played (887) and led the squad with 53 three-pointers. Shider grabbed a season-high five rebounds against Brandeis on Nov. 22 and against Plymouth State on Feb. 24. He dished out a season-high four assists at Tufts on Jan. 8. Shider registered a season-best three steals at Western Connecticut on Feb. 10 and again against UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 17.