November 27, 2007


Rhode Island College Men’s Basketball Score Report

Fitchburg, MA






Rhode Island College (3-1)

Fitchburg State (4-0)






Brown Nets 15 as RIC Suffers First Loss of Season

            Fitchburg, MA—Rhode Island College saw an 11-point lead evaporate down the stretch as unbeaten Fitchburg State (4-0) handed the Anchormen (3-1) their first loss of the season, 64-62, on Tuesday evening.


The Falcons trailed, 37-26, with a little more than 18 minutes remaining in regulation, but the lead quickly dissipated for the Anchormen as the hosts embarked on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes to tie the game at 39-39. Senior forward Brian Torres (North Dighton, MA) scored six of his game-high 21 points during the run. Torres also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double.


The Anchormen regrouped on back-to-back three-pointers by junior guard Cameron Stewart (Newport, RI) and sophomore guard Carlos Brown (Lawrence, MA). Brown would finish with a team-high 15 points.


The lead changed hands once more and was tied at 47-47 with 10:40 remaining in regulation before Fitchburg went on a 10-0 run over the next 3:30. Junior guard Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY), who had 14 points, brought the visitors back with three free throws and a jumper that cut the Falcon lead to 60-56 with 2:05 to play.


After Stewart drained a pair of free throws to bring RIC within two, 60-58, the visitors missed a Stewart three-pointer and FSC junior guard Jeff Kozik (Auburn, MA) hit one of two free throws for a 61-58 FSC cushion with just 22 seconds remaining and senior guard Matt Collins (Southington, CT) put the game on ice with a pair of free throws with 5.5 seconds remaining.


Junior guard Brian Skiffington (North Adams, MA) was the only other Falcon in double figures, scoring 11 points with a pair of assists, while Collins added eight points.


RIC junior forward Zerimar Ramirez (Pawtucket, RI) pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds, while frontcourt classmate Kaseem Johnson (New Haven, CT) netted 13 points and grabbed eight boards.



 Junior Forward Zerimar Ramirez


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open the Little East Conference slate at home against UMass Boston on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.