November 20, 2010



Newton, MA- Sophomore center Steve Roberts (New Haven, CT) reached career-highs with 17 points and 13 rebounds in just 18 minutes off the bench as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team won for the second straight game in a 70-47 victory over Lasell.



 Sophomore center Steve Roberts


Freshman center Ashton Watkins (Providence, RI) contributed 10 points, seven boards, an assist and one steal. Junior center Mike Akinrola (Woonsocket, RI) registered 13 points and five rebounds.


Lasellís (0-2) junior forward Javon Williams (Mattapan, MA) topped all scorers with 19 points in the contest, scoring 15 of those points in the second half. Williams also added a team-best six rebounds.  Sophomore guard Sean Bertanza (Seymour, CT) and junior forward Dominik Orlow (Slupsk, Poland) also notched double-figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.



 Freshman center Ashton Watkins


RIC (2-1) junior forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) and Akinrola put Rhode Island up 4-0 in the early going before Jordan Fuller (Oviedo, FL) drained a three at 18:13 for Lasell. The teams traded buckets for the next nine minutes with RIC maintaining the lead, but Lasell not trailing by more than five.  With 9:06 on the clock, Orlow broke RICís press and converted on a fast break opportunity with help from Zachary Campbell (Cape Coral, FL) to bring the Lasers within three (18-15). 


With 8:48 remaining to play in the first half, the game turned when RIC mounted a 20-0 run over a six minute span which left Lasell in arrears by 23 points.  A jumper in the paint by Roberts began the stretch and was capped by sophomore guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY) on a driving lay-up. Over the course of the run, RICís full court pressure paid off allowing the Anchormen to capitalize on 10 Lasell turnovers in the back-court.  Derrick Harper (Boston, MA) ended the scoreless streak for Lasell with a turn-around jumper in the key with 1:37 left in the first. Rhode Island took a 42-17 lead into the locker room after a back-door basket by Akinrola closed the half.


The Anchormen had a 42.1 percent (16-for-38) shooting percentage in the first half, while holding Lasell to just 21 shots from the field (9-for-21), for a team average of 38.1 percent. Rhode Island scored 16 points off of Lasellís 17 turnovers as well as out-rebounded the hosts, 26-16. 


The visitors lead extended to 30 points just five minutes into the second stanza. The Anchormen then came upon their biggest margin at 12:51 after a three-point play by Roberts brought the score to 56-21. Williamsí 15-point second-half brought the Lasers to 62-43, but that was the closest the hosts got through the final buzzer.


Over the course of the contest, RIC maintained a steady 41.8 percent shooting percentage while out-rebounding Lasell, 51-35, including 18-8 in offensive boards.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Bridgewater State on Tuesday, Nov. 23.