February 9, 2010






Providence, RI—Rhode Island College remained atop the Little East Conference men’s basketball standings in a 96-70 blowout win over Western Connecticut on Tuesday evening at The Murray Center.




The Anchormen raise their record to 15-7 overall and 9-2 in the Little East. The Colonials see their six-game winning streak come to an end as they fall to 16-5 overall and 7-4 in league action. RIC has won the past 10 meetings with WestConn and scored the most points in a game this season.






Junior guard Antone Gray




Eleven different Anchormen scored at least one point in the win, while five reached double figures. Senior guard Jake Grimes (Providence, RI) had 14 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Nick Manson (Newport, RI) was lethal from downtown, draining four three-pointers for 12 points. Junior guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) posted 12 points and five assists, while sophomore forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) registered 12 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists.




Freshman guard William Williams (Bronx, NY) dished out a game-high six assists, while sophomore forward Mike Akinrola (Woonsocket, RI) contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals.




 "We got back to defending the way we are capable of and that led to some easy baskets in transition," RIC Head Coach Bob Walsh said. "We held the No.1 team in our league in field goal percentage to 40 percent shooting and we got a lot of contributions from a lot of different people, both of which are very good signs."




WestConn sophomore guard DaQuan Brooks (Bristol, CT) scored a game-high 24 points, while classmate forward Gary Robinson (Torrington, CT) corralled a game-high 10 rebounds.






 Freshman guard William Williams




The Colonials and Anchormen went back and forth over the first 12 minutes of the first half as the lead changed hands several times. Junior forward Darius Debnam (Dorchester, MA) sank a three-pointer from the top of the key with 7:50 left in the first half to give RIC a 29-28 advantage.




WestConn trailed for the remainder of the game. After the Debnam trifecta, RIC outscored the visitors, 23-12, to go into halftime up by 12, 52-40.




The Anchormen scored four quick points to open the second half and never looked back. The Colonials got within eight points, 58-50, on a Brooks’ three-ball with 15:31 left. Rhode Island College responded with a 7-0 run to get the lead back into double digits.



Rhode Island College led by as many as 27 points down the stretch as the advantage did not dip below 20 minutes over the final 8:30. The Anchormen shot 63 percent (20-for-32) in the second half and 54 percent (38-for-70) for the game. RIC held a 46-34 advantage on the glass.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play when they travel to Southern Maine on Saturday, Feb. 13.