November 24, 2009



Bridgewater, Mass.Junior forward Carl Lee (Warwick, RI) scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but Bridgewater State slid by Rhode Island College, 95-92, on Tuesday evening at the Tinsley Center.


Five Anchormen (2-2) scored in double figures in the high-scoring defeat. Sophomore guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) equaled Lee's offensive output, while also dishing out a game-high eight assists.



 Junior forward Carl Lee


 "Our defense broke down in the second half," Head Coach Bob Walsh said after his team saw a three-point halftime advantage slip away. "We could not get enough defensive stops to win the game."


Sophomore forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) recorded 12 points and five rebounds, while junior frontcourt mate Darius Debnam (Dorchester, MA) chipped in with a 12-point, six-rebound effort. Senior guard Jake Grimes (Providence, RI) had 11 points and seven boards.


Bridgewater State College junior forward Nicholas Motta (Fairhaven, MA) posted a double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds, and junior guard Corey Connor (Providence, RI) tallied 27 points on 8-of-10 shooting


 RIC built a 28-14 lead with seven minutes left in the opening stanza.  Bridgewater went on a 12-0 run, highlighted by eight points by sophomore guard Nathan Miller (New Bedford, MA), over the next 3 1/2 minutes to cut the deficit to 28-26.  The Anchormen would ultimately take a 38-35 lead into the intermission.


 In the second half, it was Bridgewater State who would build a double-digit lead as the Bears got up by as many as 13 points. Trailing 75-62, the Anchormen went on a 17-3 run to take a one point lead.


 An unconventional three-point play by Connor put the Bears back on top, 81-79.  Another free throw from Connor and a Motta layup increased the BSC lead to 84-79 with 3:22 to go.  RIC, however, would battle back to tie the game at 85-85 on a Gray layup with 1:59 left to play. After a layup gave the Bears the lead, Gray answered with a three-pointer to put the Anchormen up by one, 88-87, with just 1:27 remaining on the second half clock.


Senior center Chris Dijak (Lunenburg, MA) would respond on the ensuing possession as he was fouled after grabbing an offensive rebound.  Two free throws later, Bridgewater was back in front for good.  A Dijak blocked shot and an Anthony Goss (Boston, MA) driving layup gave the Bears a three-point lead (91-88) with 23 second left to play. 


 After a Gray layup, Motta knocked down a pair of free throws to maintain the three-point cushion.  Lee then missed two crucial free throws at the other end of the floor with ten seconds remaining.  Connor iced the game as he converted two shots at the foul line with just eights seconds on the clock. 


RIC is off for Thanksgiving and will resume action at home against Roger Williams on Saturday, Nov. 28.