March 4, 2005


Rhode Island College Menís Basketball Score Report

The 2005 ECAC Menís Basketball Tournament
Semi-Final Game

New London, NH






#4 Rhode Island College (20-8)

#1 Colby-Sawyer College (21-7)






Anchormen Defeat #1 Colby-Sawyer in Semi-Finals

            New London, NHóFourthóseeded Rhode Island College defeated top-seeded Colby-Sawyer College, 81-79, in semi-final action of the 2005 ECAC New England Menís Basketball Tournament. The Anchormen, who were down 16 points at one point in the game, will travel to third-seeded Wheaton for the ECAC Championship Game tomorrow night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Colby-Sawyer got off to a fast start, shooting 55% from the floor in the opening half. The Chargers were led by senior forward Chris Condon (Reading, MA) and junior forward Andrew St. Clair (Pittsfield, ME). The duo combined for 30 of the Chargers 40 first-half points, while shooting a combined 12-16 (75%) from the field.  Condon dropped in 20 first-half points and ended up with 26 points, while St. Clair added 10 first-half points and ended up with a game-high 28 points and ten rebounds.


Colby-Sawyer opened up the 2nd half with a 9-2 run in the first two minutes, and led, 51-35, with 15:30 remaining in the half. The Anchormen, however, did not give in, and went on a 13-2 run, closing the gap to five with 12 minutes to go. RIC continued to battle, and got its first lead of the contest with 2:40 remaining in the game on a Kinsey Durgin (Greenwood, ME) three-point basket. The game was tied 79-79, when RIC pulled down a defensive rebound off a missed Colby-Sawyer lay-up with 35 seconds remaining. RIC junior guard Kevin Payette (Woonsocket, RI) drove to the basket with seven seconds left in regulation and dropped in what would prove be the game winning lay-up.


RIC sophomore guard Kamari Williams (Springfield, MA) scored a team-high 23 points to go along with three rebounds and two steals. Williams was a key part of RICís comeback, hitting three, three-point baskets in the second-half. Junior guard Kevin Payette had 18 points, on eight-of-ten shooting from the floor, while senior guard Andre Daley (Springfield, MA) added 11 points and five rebounds in the winning effort.


RIC improves to 20-8 on the season. The Anchormenís 20 wins are the most in the season since the 1988-89 club also won 20. This will be RICís first ECAC Tournament championship appearance since the Anchormen won the tourney back in 1982-83. Colby-Sawyer ends its season with a 21-7 record.