HOW IT HAPPENED
sophomore guard CJ Donaldson (Bridgeport, CT) scored 23
points, dished out five assists and swiped four steals. Senior guard
Malcolm Smith (Old Orchard Beach, ME) contributed 16 points,
four rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the win.
Sophomore guard Chris Farrington
(Fall River, MA) chipped in with 13 points, six rebounds and
four assists, while freshman guard AJ Pettway (Worcester, MA)
rounded out the double-figure scorers for RIC with 10 points.
Junior guard Jamel Hamans
(Meriden, CT) paced Pine Manor with 20 points, five rebounds and
Junior forward Rasheed Bell
(Dorchester, MA) tallied 17 points with five rebounds and two
steals, while junior forward Joshua Gause (Poughkeepsie, NY)
and sophomore guard Steven Collins (Lynn, MA) each recorded
11 points for the Gators.
RIC led from the opening tip and
took its largest lead of the game, 54-27, on a three-pointer from
Smith with 3:27 left in the first half.
The Anchormen led, 58-36, at the
RIC led by 22 early in the second
half before Pine Manor chipped away at the advantage, cutting the
lead down to two points, 87-85, on a layup from senior guard Lou
Savage (Newark, NJ) with just under four minutes left in the
The visiting Gators whittled the
RIC lead down to just two points several times down the stretch, but
it wasnt enough as the hosts held on for the 100-96 victory.