HOW IT HAPPENED
RIC junior center Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) scored 11
points and added six rebounds and three assists.
Senior guard Malcolm Smith (Old
Orchard Beach, ME) was also in double figures with 11 points,
four rebounds, three assists and two steals for RIC.
Junior forward Justin Campbell
(New Haven, CT) narrowly missed a double-double with eight
points and a game-high 10 rebounds in the loss for the Anchormen.
Junior forward Ty Nichols
(Springfield, MA) led the way for Keene State with a game-high
23 points, three rebounds and two assists.
Freshman center James Anozie
(Poughkeepsie, NY) scored 15 points with nine rebounds, while
freshman guard Miguel Prieto (Providence, RI) registered 11
points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the win for the Owls.
The two teams battled back and
forth early before Keene State started to pull away and took its
first double-figure lead when a three-pointer from Nichols made the
score 22-10 with 7:51 left in the first half.
Keene State took the 34-22 lead
heading into the locker room at halftime.
The visiting Owls built on their
lead throughout the second half and built their largest lead of the
game, 58-28, on a layup by freshman guard DeVon Beasley (Andover,
MA) with 13:17 remaining in the contest. Keene State then
cruised to the 79-58 victory.