HOW IT HAPPENED
Smith shot 10-for-18 from the
field, 5-for-12 from three-point range and knocked down 11-of-13
free throw attempts. He also had seven rebounds in the win.
Freshman guard Adham Floyd
(Worcester, MA) had 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go along
with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Floyd cashed in on five
of his 10 three-point attempts.
Sophomore guard CJ Donaldson
(Bridgeport, CT) had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Junior center Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) registered 10
points, five boards and four assists.
Plymouth State sophomore guard
Jaylen Leroy (Manchester, NH) and junior forward Mike Osgood
(Nashua, NH) each had 31 points for the hosts.
The first half saw six lead changes
and the game tied on seven occasions. A Smith jumper and free throw
pulled RIC within one, but a bucket with one second left saw PSU
hold a 46-43 lead at halftime.
RIC built a 12-point, 78-66, lead
with 10 minutes left in the second half, but PSU battled back
to take a short-lived lead. With the score tied, 89-89, with 2:38
left, a Smith layup and a trey by Floyd help RIC hold on for the