December 12, 2006

RIC Rallies Past Coast Guard, 76-71

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Rhode Island College rallied past the Coast Guard Academy, 76-71, this evening in non-conference menís basketball action. The Anchormen overcame a 19-point first half deficit to earn their fourth consecutive victory and the programís best start since the 1992-93 club opened the campaign with an 8-1 mark.
Sophomore guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, Mass.) and senior guard Kinsey Durgin (Greenwood, Maine) paced Rhode Island College with 14 points each, while sophomore guards Cameron Stewart (Newport, R.I.) and Tirrell Hill (Bronx, N.Y.) scored 13 and 12, respectively. Bailey also handed out a game-high six assists.  
The Anchormen (7-1) took the lead for good, 70-68, on a three-pointer by Stewart with just 70 seconds remaining in regulation, while Bailey hit four straight attempts from the charity stripe down the stretch to ice the victory for the visitors.
The Bears (6-3) dominated the opening 15 minutes, jumping out to their largest lead of the game, 41-22, with 5:30 remaining on the clock.
Rhode Island College started its rally in the latter stages of the half, limiting Coast Guard to just one field goal in the final 5:30, while outscoring the hosts 16-4. The Anchormen scored the final 11 points of the stanza to close within seven points (45-38) at the intermission.
Rhode Island College continued to apply the defensive pressure in the second half, holding the Bears to just 25.8 percent from the floor on eight-of-31 attempts. Coast Guardís shooting percentage is the lowest allowed in a half by the Anchormen this season.   
Hill knocked down a three-pointer to give the Anchormen their first advantage of the contest at 56-53. The Bears responded with a 7-0 run capped an Al Sowers three-point play with 9:27 left.
Rhode Island College continued to claw back in the game, tying the match at 65-all on a basket by Durgin nearly three minutes later. The Anchormen sealed the contest with an 11-6 run to remain perfect against non-conference opponents, raising their mark to 6-0.
The visitors held the edge in shooting percentage, draining 50.8 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from behind the arc, and 71.4 percent from the foul line.

Rhode Island College returns to action at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15, when the Anchormen host Springfield College.