HOW IT HAPPENED
Shider shot 4-for-8 from the field and 9-for-14 from the free
Freshman guard Adham Floyd
(Worcester, MA) shot 7-for-10 from the field, which included
4-of-7 from downtown, in an 18-point effort. Floyd added five
boards, one assist, one block and a steal. Sophomore guard CJ
Donaldson (Bridgeport, CT) chipped in with nine points and three
Eastern senior guard Tarchee
Brown (Rockville, CT) shot 9-of-12 from the field and 9-of-12
from the charity stripe for a game-high 27 points to go along with
nine boards, six assists, two blocks and three steals.
Freshman guard Cory Muckle
(Westbrook, CT) and sophomore backcourt mate Carlos Gonzalez
(Springfield, MA) each had 16 points. Gonzalez added five
boards, four assists and four steals.
ECSU junior forward Leonel Hyatt
(Greenwich, CT) rounded out the Warriors in double figures with
an 11-point effort.
A Shider three-pointer pulled RIC
within two points, 17-15, with 9:48 left in the first half. Eastern
Connecticut went on a 12-point run to go up by 14, 29-15, with just
under six minutes left to play in the frame.
The Warriors led by 15, 42-27, at
RIC got within nine points, 62-53,
on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Jonatan Batista
(Providence, RI), but the visitors turned on the jets and raced
out to a game-high 28-point advantage, 82-54, with 3:25 left and
never looked back.