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May 25, 2016

 

2015-16 Rhode Island College Menís Basketball
Season Summary

Providence, R.I.-Second-year Head Coach Michael Byrnesí (Career record: 26-29; .473) team finished the 2015-16 season with a 6-21 overall record and a 4-10 (seventh place) mark in the Little East Conference.

 

The seventh-seeded Anchormen upset second-seeded Southern Maine, 64-63, in the quarterfinals before falling to third-seeded Keene State, 66-59, in the semifinals of the 2016 Little East Conference Tournament.

 

 

 

Senior center Mike Neal (Providence, RI) wrapped up his career playing in 79 games, starting 66 of them. He averaged 3.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and recorded 32 steals during his career.

 

As a senior in 2015-16, Neal missed the season due to a medical procedure.

 

As a junior in 2014-15, Neal played in 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2013-14, Neal played in 26 games, starting 16 of them. He averaged 3.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.3 blocks per game. Neal finished with two double-digit scoring efforts, highlighted by a 12-point outing against Thomas College on Nov. 16. He pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds at Brandeis on Nov. 23, blocked a season-high two shots against Skidmore on Nov. 15 and dished out a season-high two assists against UMass Boston on Dec. 14.

 

As a freshman in 2012-13, Neal 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.

 

Neal is a communications major and a 2012 graduate of Shea High School.

 

Junior center Shakeem Core-Smith (Brockton, MA) played in 14 games, starting one of them. He averaged 1.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.4 blocks and 0.3 steals per game. He posted a season-best six points in a season-opening victory over Salem State on Nov. 14. Core-Smith finished with a season-high 13 rebounds at Fitchburg State on Nov. 19.

 

Junior forward Alex Cruz (East Hartford, CT) played in 26 games starting one of them. He averaged 2.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Cruz scored a season-high 16 points against Johnson & Wales on Dec. 8. He grabbed a season-best 10 rebounds at Southern Maine on Feb. 13.

 

Junior center Tony Ojih (Lincoln, RI) played in 14 games. He averaged 0.9 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. Ojih scored a team-high seven points against Johnson & Wales on Dec. 8. He registered a season-high seven rebounds against Johnson & Wales on Dec. 8.

 

Junior forward Terrance Tribble (White Plains, NY) played in 27 games, starting 26 of them. He was named the teamís MVP for the season. He averaged 6.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.9 blocks and 0.9 steals per game. Tribble recorded three double-doubles on the season. He led the team in scoring twice on the season and led the squad in rebounding on 13 occasions. He scored a season-best 17 points at Fitchburg State on Nov. 19. Tribble hauled in a season-best 15 rebounds against UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 20.

 

Sophomore guard Chris Green (Taunton, MA) played in 27 games, starting 25 of them. Green averaged 16.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He led the team and ranked sixth in the conference in scoring, was fourth in three-point field goal percentage (40.6 percent), while leading the team in free throw percentage (86.8 percent). He led the Anchormen in scoring on 15 occasions. Green eclipsed the 20-point plateau on eight separate occasions, which included a season-best 28 points against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 30. He registered a season-best seven rebounds at Bridgewater State on Nov. 24. Green dished out a season-best six assists against UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 20. He swiped a season-high three steals on two separate occasions.

 

Sophomore guard Roosevelt Shider (Meriden, CT) played in 23 games, starting 12 of them. He averaged 6.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.5 steals per game. He scored a season-best 16 points at UMass Boston on Feb. 6. Shider grabbed a season-high six rebounds in a victory over Salem State on Nov. 14. He dished out a season-best three assists twice on the year. He swiped two steals in a victory over Southern Maine on Feb. 23.

 

Sophomore guard Malcolm Smith (Old Orchard Beach, ME) played in 14 games. He averaged 6.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocks per game. Smith scored a season-high 12 points on three occasions. He snagged a season-best seven rebounds in a victory over Southern Maine on Feb. 23. Smith dished out a season-high two assists on two occasions, while swiping a season-best three steals at Keene State on Jan. 16.

 

Freshman forward Justin Campbell (New Haven, CT) played in 27 games, starting 13 of them. He averaged 8.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocks per game. Campbell recorded one double-double on the year against Western Connecticut on Feb. 17. He notched a season-best 21 points against Brandeis on Nov. 21. Campbell grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds against Western Connecticut on Feb. 17. Campbell led the team in field goal percentage on the season, shooting 57.8 percent (89-of-154). He was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week once on the season.

 

Freshman guard David Clarke (Monroe, CT) played in 14 games. He averaged 0.6 points, 0.2 rebounds and 0.1 assists per game. Clarke scored a season-best two points on four occasions.

 

Freshman guard Jimmy Fritzson (Sharon, MA) was named to the Little East Conference All-Rookie Team. Fritzson played in 27 games, starting 20 of them. He averaged 11.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.6 steals per game. He ranked second on the squad in scoring, was second in free throw percentage (71.0 percent) and third in assists. Fritzson scored a season-high 20 points twice on the season. He dished out a season-best six assists against Tufts on Nov. 28. Fritzson swiped a season-high three steals against Lasell on Dec. 3. He grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at Southern Maine on Feb, 13.

 

Freshman center Jason Jones (Roxbury, MA) played in 26 games, starting 19 of them. He averaged 5.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. Jones was second on the team in both rebounds and blocks, while ranking third in field goal percentage (52.7). He scored a season best 16 points against UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 20. He grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds against Wesleyan on Jan. 5. Jones dished out a season-best three assists against UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 10. He swiped a season-high four steals at Keene State on Jan. 16. Jones blocked a season-best two shots on three different occasions. Jones notched two double-doubles on the year. He was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week once on the season. 

 

Freshman guard Aaron Lee (Wheatley Heights, NY) played in five games on the season.