November 28, 2009






Providence, RI—Rhode Island College snapped a two-game losing streak, while handing Roger Williams its first loss of the season, as the Anchormen downed the Hawks, 84-59, at The Murray Center on Saturday afternoon.






 Sophomore forward Mason Choice




RIC (3-2) wins for the fifth straight time vs. RWU (4-1). Rhode Island College stopped an alarming trend of blowing first half leads over its past two contests, by running off 11 straight points, and forcing five straight turnovers, to start the second half en route to the club’s third victory of the year.




“Our halfcourt defense was good enough to win this game for us,” RIC Head Coach Bob Walsh said. “We made enough stops and were able to knock down some shots in the second half.”




Sophomore forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists and swiped two steals in the win. Junior forward Carl Lee (Cranston, RI) chipped in with 13 points and four rebounds. Junior guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) dished out a career-high nine assists.






 Junior forward Carl Lee




Roger Williams, which came into the game averaging 70.5 ppg, was limited to just 59 in a losing effort. Sophomore guard Gary Madison (Waterbury, CT), RWU’s leading scorer, was held to just 10 points-13.8 points below his season average.




RWU junior forward Taylor Petruccelli (Stratford, CT) scored eight of the Hawks’ first 10 points to help the visitors to a 10-6 lead with 14:06 left in the first half. It would be all downhill for Roger Williams from then on as freshman guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY) cashed in a three-pointer to put the hosts up by one, 11-10, at 13:35.




That ignited a 12-2 run, paced by senior guard Jake Grimes’ (Providence, RI) seven points. The Hawks answered back with a 10-4 run to trim RIC’s advantage down to just two points, 24-22, at 4:29. Petruccelli keyed the comeback bid with seven points.


Two sophomore guard Keith Hamilton (Queens Village, NY) three-pointers helped send Rhode Island College into the break with a two-point, 30-28, lead.


RIC used the 11-0 run to start the final stanza to seal the deal. The Anchormen saw their lead to swell to a game-high 25 points, 73-48, with 6:41 left in the game. Each of the 11 players, who saw action for the home team, scored at least two points.


The Anchormen held the advantage in rebounding, 41-35, while shooting 53 percent (33-for-62) from the field. Roger Williams shot just 33 percent (18-for-55) from the field and just 19 percent (3-for-16) from downtown.


Petruccelli posted game-highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds, 17 and eight of which, respectively, came in the first half.


Junior forward Darius Debnam (Dorchester, MA) chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will cross-city rival Johnson & Wales on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.