December 10, 2009






Providence, RIóSophomore guard Trevoy Pointer (Dallas, TX) scored a game-high 16 points to lead Manhattanville College past Rhode Island College, 66-53, in collegiate menís basketball action from The Murray Center on Thursday evening.




Pointer added eight rebounds, four steals, three assists and a block for the visitors (5-4). Junior guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) contributed 15 points in a losing effort for the hosts (5-4).






 Junior guard Antone Gray




 "We don't know how to compete and that is unacceptable," said Head Coach Bob Walsh. "We got beat thoroughly in every hustle category tonight."




The Valiants opened the game with a bucket by junior forward Peter Mehmel (Queens, NY), but the Anchormen countered with a layup by junior forward Darius Debnam (Dorchester, MA) and a three-pointer by freshman guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY) to build a lead it would not relinquish until the 6:38 mark, when sophomore Glen Rodriguez (Ponce, Puerto Rico) converted a layup to give the visitors an 18-17 lead.




The Anchormen would never lead again in the ball game. Sophomore forward Angelo Laroche (Brooklyn, NY) made a layup and drained a three to give Manhattanville a seven-point cushion, 28-21, with 3:24 left in the first half. The Valiants went up by 13, 34-21, on a Pointer free throw with a minute left and held an eight-point, 34-26, lead at the break after Debnam nailed a three and senior guard Jake Grimes (Providence, RI) made two free throws to close out the first stanza.




RIC was outrebounded, 21-14, in the first half and shot 45 percent (9-for-20) from the field. Manhattanville shot 41 percent (13-for-32) from the floor over the first 20 minutes.




The Valiants quickly regained a double-digit advantage, 40-26, with 17:44 left in the second half on a Mehmel layup. RIC slowly chipped away at the deficit, trimming the Manhattanville lead down to just three points, 48-45, with 8:55 left on a Gray trifecta.




Free throws by junior guard Lamar Glass (Dallas, TX) and sophomore backcourt mate Felipe Vargas (Miami, FL), along with a trey by Pointer, quickly put the visitors up by eight, 53-43, with 6:15 left.


Turnovers and poor rebounding continued to plague the Anchormen down the stretch as the Valiants pushed their advantage to as many as 15 points, 65-50, on a Vargas free throw with 45 seconds left.


Manhattanville finished the game shooting 41 percent (23-for-56) from the field and outrebounding the Anchormen by 15, 43-28. Even though the visitors turned the ball over 24 times, RIC lost possession on 27 occasions. The Anchormen shot 40 percent (19-for-47) from the field and just 39 percent (7-for-18) from the free throw line.


Laroche finished with 15 points, while Glass led all rebounders with nine caroms.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action at home against UMass Boston on Saturday, Dec. 12.