RIC sophomore guard Chris Farrington (Fall River, MA)
scored a game-high 19 points.
forward Justin Campbell (New Haven, CT) scored 16 points and
added seven rebounds, while junior center Grant Gillis
(Jamestown, RI) narrowly missed a double-double with nine points
and nine rebounds.
forward Joseph Carty (Natick, MA) paced Bridgewater State
with 17 points and eight rebounds.
forward Dimitri St. Louis (Brockton, MA) tallied 15
points and seven boards, while sophomore forward Rayshon Ward
(Plymouth, MA) added 14 points, in the win for the Bears.
In the first
half, RIC erased an early two-point deficit with an 11-2 run to take
a 25-18 lead with 6:41 remaining. Farrington highlighted the spurt
with five points on a three-pointer and a jumper.
State battled back and a layup from Ward gave the hosts a 29-27
advantage with 3:30 left to play in the stanza. RIC closed out the
half on a 10-2 run with Donaldson connecting on a three-pointer and
Campbell scoring the final four points on a pair of layups to give
the Anchormen a 37-31 advantage heading into the locker room at
RIC held a
46-42 lead after a layup from Campbell with 13:43 left in the
contest. Bridgewater State would then use a 9-2 run to over the next
two minutes to build the 51-48 lead with 11:40 remaining.
be five lead changes and one tie over the next four minutes with RIC
leading, 56-55, on a layup from Donaldson with 8:06 left on the
be the last lead for the Anchormen as Bridgewater State used a 21-10
run, capped by a pair of free throws from senior guard Rocky
DeAndrade (Mansfield, MA), to take a 10-point, 76-66,
lead with just under a minute left on the clock.
State connected on 5-of-6 free throws in the final 30 seconds to
help secure the 81-75 win.