December 11, 2008






Providence, RIóSenior guard Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) became the 28th member of the Rhode Island College Menís Basketball 1,000 Point Club as the Anchormen downed Springfield, 68-60, at The Murray Center on Thursday evening. RIC raises its record to 5-2, while the Pride fall to 6-3.



Senior Guard Tirrell Hill and Head Coach Bob Walsh



Hill helped seal the win and reach his personal milestone on a three-pointer with 4:13 remaining in the game. On the ensuing possession, he connected on an NBA-range trifecta to increase the Anchormenís lead to eight points, 61-53, with 3:15 left on the clock. He ended the game with 17 points, bringing his career total to 1,004. Hill added three steals and two boards in the win.




The Anchormen took an 8-6 lead on senior guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) layup, which sparked a 16-5 run to build a game-high 11-point lead, 22-11, with 7:11 left in the first half. The Pride closed the gap in the final minutes of the frame, led by eight points from senior center John Strawson (Torrington, CT), cutting the the hostís lead to one, 31-30, at the break.



Rhode Island College built its lead back up, holding a nine-point advantage, 45-36, at the 15:01 mark of the second stanza. The Pride continued to fight back and eventually took the lead, 48-47, as freshman center Ryan Coburn (West Warwick, RI) and sophomore forward Matthew Cavalieri (West Warwick, RI) contributed four points apiece during the run.


RIC senior Wil Lyons (Warwick, RI) helped Hill close out the game, scoring six of his 10 second-half points and grabbing nine rebounds, down the stretch. The Anchormen put the contest out of reach from the free throw line as senior guard Cameron Stewart (Newport, RI) and sophomore backcourt mate Antone Gray (Providence, RI) each made a pair. Gray finished with nine points and game-high five assists.


Lyons and Strawson were immense in the paint for their respective clubs. The RIC center scored a game-high 19 points and corralled 11 rebounds for a double-double effort, while his counterpart equaled his point total and grabbed six boards.


Bailey saw his first action of the season after being sidelined with an injury. He didnít miss a beat as he logged seven points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists. He brought the crowd to their feet with a thunderous dunk with 8:33 remaining in the game.


The Anchormen defense held Springfieldís leading scorer, junior guard Ryan Blackmon (Stamford, CT), nine points (eight) below his season average.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Little East  Conference rival Keene State on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m.