HOW IT HAPPENED
RIC senior guard Malcolm Smith
(Old Orchard Beach, ME) tallied 17 points, five rebounds and
Freshman guard Adham Floyd
(Worcester, MA) contributed 16 points, six rebounds, three
assists and two steals for the Anchormen.
Junior center Grant Gillis
(Jamestown, RI) was also in double-figures in the victory with
10 points and seven boards.
Plymouth State sophomore guard
Jaylen Leroy (Manchester, NH) led all scorers with 43 points and
Junior forward Mike Osgood
(Nashua, NH) added 19 points and eight rebounds in the loss for
The two teams traded leads early
with the score tied, 23-23, with 7:52 left in the first half.
RIC then used a 13-1 run, capped by
a layup from sophomore guard Mike Valelli (Cranston, RI), to
put the Anchormen up by 12, 36-24, with 3:46 remaining in the first
half. RIC took a 43-34 advantage heading into the locker room at
The Anchormen led by as many as 17
points on several occasions in the second half, which included a
69-52 advantage after a pair of free throws by Donaldson with 5:38
left in the contest.
Plymouth State cut the lead to just
five points late in the game when a layup from Osgood with 1:22 left
made the score 79-74.
PSU forced the Anchormen into a key
turnover on the ensuing possession, but gave the ball right back to
RIC with a turnover to seal its fate. Donaldson hit several key free
throws in the final seconds to solidify the win.