guards Malcolm Smith (Old Orchard Beach, ME) and Roosevelt
Shider (Meriden, CT) were honored prior to the game on Senior
Day as the Rhode Island College mens basketball team knocked off
UMass Dartmouth, 79-70, in a Little East Conference game played at
The Murray Center on Wednesday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED
RIC junior center Grant Gillis
(Jamestown, RI) posted a double-double with 17 points and 11
Sophomore guard CJ Donaldson
(Bridgeport, CT) led the hosts with 26 points, nine rebounds,
four assists and three steals. Freshman guard Adham Floyd
(Worcester, MA) chipped in with 11 points, 10 boards, three
assists and two blocks.
UMD junior forward Atakan Akcam
(Ankara, Turkey) led all scorers with 28 points. Junior forward
Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria) registered 18 points.
A layup by Donaldson gave the
Anchormen their first lead of the night, 8-7, at 16:01 of the first
half. The hosts led by two before embarking on a 16-5 run to post a
13-point advantage, 30-17, with 5:47 remaining. UMD responded with a
13-2 run to climb with a bucket, but keyed by four points by
Donaldson down the stretch, RIC led by six, 38-32, at the half.
Gillis was immense in the paint over the first 20 minutes, posting
nine points and eight boards.
A three-pointer pulled the visitors
within five, 40-35, early in the second half, but RIC saw its
advantage climb back to nine, 48-39, with 12 minutes left on a
Gillis free throw.
A layup and free throw from
sophomore guard Jonatan Batista (Providence, RI) gave RIC a
16-point lead, 57-41, with 9:34 remaining.
The Anchormen saw their lead dip to
eight, 74-66, with 50 seconds left, but Donaldson cashed in six free
throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
RIC splits the season with the
Corsairs and has won three of its last four contests.
BY THE NUMBERS
RIC shot 43 percent (27-for-63)
from the field, 21 percent (3-for-14) from beyond the three-point
arc and 79 percent (22-for-28) from the free throw line.
UMD shot 37 percent (28-for-75)
from the field, 47 percent (8-for-17) from downtown and 86 percent
(6-for-7) from the charity stripe.
RIC dominated the glass, 49-37.