March 3, 2007


2007 NCAA Div. III Menís Basketball Tournament
Second Round Game

Providence, RI






Brandeis (20-7)

Rhode Island College (26-3)






RIC Dodges Bullet in, 70-67, Win Over Brandeis

     Providence, RIóRhode Island College advances to the Sectional Round of the NCAA Div. III Menís Basketball Tournament with a 70-67 win over Brandeis University Saturday evening at The Murray Center. RIC continued to add to its school-record win total, improving to 26-3 on the season. Brandeis, which was in the midst of its finest season in 32 years, ends its season with a 20-7 record.


The Anchormen went on a roll midway through the second half to build an 18-point advantage on a sophomore forward Kaseem Johnson (New Haven, CT) putback with 10:04 remaining. The Judges, who came from behind to force overtime and eventually defeat Trinity (77-70) last night buckled down and limited Rhode Island College to just three points and no field goals for the remainder of the game. RIC struggled during that timespan, going 0-for-8 from the field and turning the ball over six times. In the meantime, Brandeis went on an 18-3 run to close out the game.


Brandeis cut the lead two points on a junior guard Florian Rexhepi (Skopje, Macedonia) free throw with 11 seconds remaining. The Judges fouled RIC senior guard Kamari Williams (Springfield, MA) who made the first free throw and missed the second. Brandeis junior guard Kwame Graves-Fulgham (Amherst, MA) grabbed the rebound with nine seconds remaining. Junior guard Joe Coppens (Rockland, MA) and junior forward Steve DeLuca (Merrimack, NH) missed three-point attempts at the buzzer, which allowed the Anchormen to escape with the win.


The Anchormen had four players score in double-figures, led by sophomore guard Bobby Baileyís (Fall River, MA) team-high 14 points. Classmate Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) was one off the pace, while senior guard Kinsey Durgin (Greenwood, ME) and sophomore guard Cameron Stewart (Newport, RI) each had 10 points. Senior center John Weir (Danbury, MA) had six points and six rebounds.


The Anchormen will find out their next opponent and site tomorrow.