March 7, 2011



Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College junior forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) was named the Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, while freshman center Ashton Watkins (Providence, RI) was named the league’s Rookie of the Week, for their respective performances in the NCAA Tournament last week.


Choice averaged 12.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists as Rhode Island College advanced to the NCAA Division III Sectional Semifinals for the second-straight season with victories over Penn State Behrend (83-54) and Oswego State (71-63). Choice helped the Anchormen advance to the second round for the fourth time in the past five years with eight points, six rebounds and four helpers against the Lions. He scored a team-high 17 points against the host Lakers, while also chipping in with four assists and a pair of rebounds, on Saturday evening.



 Junior forward Mason Choice


For the season, Choice has played in 28 games, starting all of them. He is averaging 11.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.


Watkins made an instant impact off the bench against Penn State Behrend with eight points and five rebounds on March 4. Watkins provided depth in the frontcourt against Oswego State, logging one rebound, two blocks and two steals the following evening.



 Freshman center Ashton Watkins


For the season, Watkins has played in 25 games. He is averaging 4.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.


In upcoming action, the Anchormen will face long time nemesis Amherst (24-3) on Friday, March 11 at Williams College. Ironically, the two teams were supposed to face each other at RIC on Feb. 1, but inclement weather forced the game to be cancelled. Amherst has defeated RIC four times in five matchups since 2006-07.


If RIC gets by the Lord Jeffs, it will face the winner of Williams (27-2) and Virginia Wesleyan (25-4) on Saturday, March 12.