February 26, 2009






Providence, RIóRhode Island College earned the top-seed and the right to host the 2009 Little East Conference Menís Basketball Championship Tournament this weekend, Feb. 27-28, at The Murray Center.  The Anchormen have won each of the past two Little East Conference Championship Tournaments.








The Anchormen and fourth-seeded Keene State College (12-13) will open the semifinals at 6 p.m., while second-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and sixth-seeded Western Connecticut State University will square off approximately two hours later. The two winners will advance to the championship round the following afternoon at 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $4 for general admission and $3 for seniors and students with a valid ID.




Rhode Island College and Keene State College are meeting for the 29th time with the Owls holding a 17-11 advantage in the all-time series. The Anchormen sport a 10-4 mark over the past 14 meetings, including splitting this yearís season series. Head Coach Bob Walsh has guided Rhode Island College past Keene State in its two prior Little East Conference Tournament meetings. The Anchormen edged the Owls in the semifinals of the 2008 Tournament. Rhode Island College captured the programís first Little East Conference Championship against Keene State in 2007.




Rhode Island College is in the midst of riding the momentum of a 13-game winning streak, matching the programís longest continued run of success with the 1971 cagers. Walsh and his charges are ranked No. 17 in the latest edition of the poll, and fourth in the NCAA Division III Northeast Region. The Anchormen feature a well-balanced scoring attack with seven student-athletes averaging at least eight points per game, paced by senior guard Bobby Baileyís (Fall River, Mass.) 12.2 ppg. Senior forward Kaseem Johnson (New Haven, Conn.) sits atop the team standings in rebounding (6.9 rpg), while sophomore guard Antone Gray (Providence, R.I.) has handed out 106 assists.




Fans unable to make the trip to Providence, can follow all the action live from Little East Conference Tournament Central. and Dartmouth Cable Access Television will partner to video-stream of the three games live, free of charge. Live real-time statistics will be available, courtesy of the Rhode Island College Athletics Department.