January 6, 2010






Leicester, MASenior guard Jake Grimes (Providence, RI) scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting to lead the Rhode Island College men's basketball team past Becker, 63-56, on Wednesday evening. Rhode Island College raises its record to 7-4 in the Anchormen's first game in 25 days, while the Hawks slip to 4-7 in the loss.






 Senior guard Jake Grimes




Sophomore forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) added 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while junior frontcourt mate Carl Lee (Warwick, RI) rounded out the RIC contingent in double figures with 15 points and eight rebounds.




"It wasn't a pretty win, but it was a good win after such a long layoff," RIC Head Coach Bob Walsh said. "Our defense really stepped up in the second half, and we found a way to get the job done." 




The Anchormen trailed by one point, 30-29, at the half and were down by five, 49-44, with 11:03 left in the game. The visitors went on a 6-0 run to take the lead, 50-49, as Grimes nailed two free throws, Choice made a layup and Lee cashed in a jumper at the 6:42 mark.




Junior guard Nick Manson (Newport, RI) drained a three-pointer with 6:13 remaining to give the Anchormen a four-point, 53-49, advantage.




The Hawks stormed back to take a 55-54 lead at 3:38 on a junior center Trey Jacobs (Lexington Park, MD) layup. Choice answered for RIC with a jumper, only to see Jacobs tie the game, 56-all, on a free throw with 2:56 left on the clock.




A Lee layup, one free throw by junior forward Darius Debnam (Dorchester, MA) and two Grimes' free throws gave RIC a five-point cushion with 27 seconds left. Lee was fouled and cashed in two more from the charity stripe as the Anchormen earned the seven-point victory.






 Junior forward Carl Lee




Jacobs finished with 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the hosts.



In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play at longtime rival Keene State on Saturday, Jan. 9.