January 9, 2010






Keene, NHSophomore forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) and senior guard Jake Grimes (Providence, RI) scored 24 and 23 points, respectively, to lead the Rhode Island College men's basketball team to an 80-75 overtime win at long-time rival Keene State in a game played at Spaulding Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.






 Sophomore forward Mason Choice




Grimes added six assists, six rebounds, three steals and a block, while Choice added six boards, five steals and three helpers.






 Senior guard Jake Grimes




Rhode Island College improves to 8-4 overall and stays on top of the Little East standings with a 3-0 mark. The loss drops Keene State to 7-6 overall and 1-2 in LEC action.




The Owls, who connected on seven of its 15 shots from behind the arc, used the three-ball to grab a 39-35 halftime lead. Three consecutive three-pointers, the last coming from sophomore forward Derek D’Amours (Agawam, MA) gave KSC a 27-19 lead at the 8:50 mark.




After freshman Anthony Mariano’s (Naugatuck, CT) third three-pointer of the half made it a 39-31 game, Grimes, who made five of his seven shots from the field, hit consecutive lay-ups in the closing stages of the half to close the gap to four points, 39-35, at the break.




Trailing by as many as nine points (55-46) in the second half, KSC battled back to send the game into overtime. Freshman guard Derek Libbey (Lincoln, ME) hit a fall away three-pointer with 56 seconds to go in regulation to put RIC up by four, 69-65.




A base-line jumper by Keene freshman Drew Rolfe (Berlin, MA) with 28 seconds to go made it 69-67. Sophomore Cody Snow (Leyden, MA) ht an arcing jumper from the left baseline with 1.1 second on the clock to send the game into the extra session.




The Anchormen were able to outscore Keene State, 11-6, in overtime.  After a pair of free throws by D’Amours, a Choice lay-up put RIC up, 78-75, with 32 seconds to play. Grimes blocked a lay-up attempt by KSC freshman Nicco DeMasco (Swanzey, NH) and junior guard Nick Manson (Newport, RI) hit a pair of foul shots to account for the final score.



 D’Amour’s finished with a game-high 26 points to lead the Owls.  Snow, who was 7-of-11 from the field, scored 16 points and Mariano added 15 points. DeMasco had a game high 12 rebounds to go with his nine points. 


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at home against Southern Maine on Tuesday, Jan. 12.