For Immediate Release



March 3, 2006


Rhode Island College Menís Basketball Score Report
2006 ECAC N.E. Menís Basketball Championship
Semifinal Game


Stankoís 25 Points Helps Anchormen Blitz Owls


 KEENE, N.H. 3/3/06- The fourth-seeded Rhode Island College menís basketball team advanced to the finals of the ECAC Division III New England Menís Basketball Tournament for the second straight season with a 86-48 upset victory over top seed Keene State College in a semifinal game  played on Friday night.


The Anchormen (19-9) will host sixth-seeded Wheaton in the Championship Game on Saturday, Mar. 4 at The Murray Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wheaton defeated RIC in last yearís championship game. Keene State concludes its season with a 21-8 record.


Dominating from start to finish, Rhode Island College opened up a commanding, 45-24, halftime lead. With the score 21-17, the Anchormen went on a 19-5 run to go up by 18 (40-22) on a three-pointer by senior guard Kevin Payette (Woonsocket, RI). A three-pointer by junior guard Kinsey Durgin (Greenwood, ME) pushed the lead up to 45-24. Junior forward Brian Stanko (Swansea, MA) had 13 first half points for RIC while KSC senior forward Sean Sullivan (Athol, MA) topped the Owls with seven points.


The Anchormen never let the Owls back into the game in the second half.  A slam dunk by junior forward John Weir (Danbury, CT) and a tip in by Payette extended RICís lead to 27 points (59-32) at the 14:07 mark.


Stanko, who hit seven of nine three-point attempts, led RIC with 25 points  Payette had 13 points and nine rebounds, while Durgin finished with 11 points. The Anchormen went 16-for-37 from three-point range and outrebounded the Owls, 50-36.


 Sullivan topped the Owls with 13 points.  


Keene State was making its seventh appearance in the tournament in the past nine years.  They reached the finals in 1998 and 2003.    


The two Little East Conference rivals split two regular season meetings with each posting home victories. The Owls prevailed 99-86 in Keene while RIC came back to win 75-67 in Providence.