January 8, 2009






Providence, RIóSenior guard Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) connected on a three-pointer with 1:11 remaining in overtime and senior center Wil Lyons (Warwick, RI) dropped in an insurance bucket with 15 seconds left to help Rhode Island College secure an 83-80 overtime win against Trinity on Thursday evening at The Murray Center.



Senior Center Wil Lyons (photo courtesy of



Sophomore forward Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, NY) gave the Bantams a two-point advantage, 77-75, on two free throws with 1:40 left in the extra session. With the shot clock winding down, Hill swished a long-range three to put the Anchormen up by one, 78-77. After Lyonsí hoop, two free throws by sophomore guard Brian Ford (Bronx, NY) pulled Trinity within one, 80-79. Two free throws by RIC senior guard Cameron Stewart (Newport, RI) and one by Lyons helped seal the win as time expired.




The Anchormen raise their record to 7-3, while the loss drops the Bantams to 3-7.




Rhode Island College, which came back from a 15-point second half deficit vs. Salve Regina on Tuesday evening to win in overtime, battled back from a 10 point disadvantage to tie the game, 60-60, on a Lyons free throw with 8:28 left. After a Trinity missed three-pointer, sophomore forward Darius Debnam (Mattapan, MA) made a layup at 6:47 to give the Anchormen their first lead, 62-60, since the 19:10 mark of the first half.




The teams traded the lead over the final minutes of regulation with Ford draining a trey to put the Bantams up by two, 71-69 with 1:11 left. Lyons tied the game with a jump shot 18 seconds later.



Trinity sophomore Ian Fels (Miami, FL) hit two free throws with 32 seconds on the clock, but once again, Lyons converted down low to knot the contest. Fels missed a fade away with seven seconds left and Hillís halfcourt three rolled off the rim to force the extra session.


Lyons was immense in the paint, shooting 10-for-17 from the field, en route to a 25-point, 13-rebound, double-double performance. In addition to Lyons, four other Anchormen scored in double figures as Hill, Stewart, senior guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) and freshman forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) chipped in with 18, 14 and 10 points apiece, respectively. Sophomore guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) dished out a game-high six assists.


Ford led all scorers with 28 points, which included four trifectas.  Fels scored 19, while MacDougall posted a team-high 10 boards.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume the Little East Conference circuit on Saturday, Jan. 10 when the Anchormen square off against Plymouth State.