January 29, 2011



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College swept the season series from UMass Boston for the third consecutive season with an 81-52 victory in Little East Conference menís basketball action played at The Murray Center.


The Anchormen (12-7, 6-3 LEC) remain in a three-way tie for second place in the LEC standings along with Eastern Connecticut and Keene State. The Beacons (8-11, 2-7 LEC) remain in seventh place with their third setback in five games.



 Junior center Mike Akinrola


Junior center Mike Akinrola (Woonsocket, RI) continued his strong post play of late, scoring a game-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Classmate forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) added 12 points, four rebounds and four assists, while senior forward Darius Debnam (Dorchester, MA) swiped a game-high five steals. Senior guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) dished out a game-high seven assists.


Senior forward Carl Lee (Warwick, RI) rounded out the RIC contingent in double figures with a 13-point effort, which included two thunderous dunks.



 Junior forward Mason Choice

The Beacons shot just 33 percent (17-for-52) from the field and turned the ball over 31 times, which was due in part to 23 RIC steals.


"When we defend, we have a chance to be pretty good,"  RIC Head Coach Bob Walsh said afterwards. "We held Boston to 33 percent shooting and forced 31 turnovers. When our defense plays like that we are tough to beat."


The hosts shot 55 percent (32-of-58) from the field and cashed in on 10 of their 13 trips to the free throw line.


Rhode Island College led the game wire-to-wire, with UMass Boston trailing by double digits for the final 25 minutes. Sophomore guard Michael Mitchell Jr. (Boston, MA) led UMB with 18 points, but made only four-of-14 from the field.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play its final non-conference game of the season when it hosts No. 6 undefeated Amherst (18-0) on Tuesday, Feb. 1.