November 4, 2011


Div. I Rhody Tops RIC, 79-63

Kingston, R.I.-Sophomore guard Avery King (Pawtucket, RI) led the Rhode Island College men’s basketball team with a game-high 16 points, while junior guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY) posted nine points and a team-high eight rebounds, as the Anchormen fell to the University of Rhode Island Rams, 79-63, in preseason action played at the Ryan Center.


King, a transfer from Lyndon State, kept RIC in the game in the early going with a handful of clutch baskets, which included four three-pointers. Carter, who played a game-high 34 minutes, displayed versatility on both ends of the floor and just missed out on a double-double. The junior captain chipped in with four assists as well, while the team’s other captain, senior forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI), dished out a team-high seven assists in the loss.



 Junior guard Tahrike Carter


RIC played inspired basketball throughout much of the game, trailing by just eight points at the intermission, 45-37. The halftime deficit, as well as the 16-point final margin of victory for the Rams, was the slimmest in the four preseason meetings between these two Ocean State rivals.


“I was really happy with the way we competed,” RIC Head Coach Bob Walsh said afterwards. “It was a nine point game with less than 10 minutes to play and we went 2-for-10 from the free throw line after halftime. Their size and ability wore us down, but we'll take a lot of good things from tonight.”


Both teams were neck-and-neck through the first three minutes of the ballgame, but Rhody broke it open with 11 unanswered points, making it 18-6, URI with 14:06 left in the first frame.


Trailing by 12 six minutes into the first half, Rhode Island College fought back to trim the deficit to three, thanks to a pair of baskets by King, who led all first half scorers with 13 points. Yet, the Rams bounced back to increase their lead to double-digits over the next few minutes.


After a pair of free throws from senior forward Orion Outerbridge (Boston, MA) gave URI a 31-22 lead with 9:04 remaining in the first stanza, the Anchormen rallied back to once again to trim the deficit to three with six unanswered points, led by four straight points from Carter.



 Sophomore guard Avery King


With 5:18 remaining in the half, King drained a three-pointer to make it a one-point game. However, Rhody closed out the first half with a 10-2 run, taking an eight-point lead into the break.


Rhode Island College kept things close to open up the second half, staying within 12 points through the first six minutes. The Rams took their largest lead of the game with 13:14 remaining in the game after junior forward Nikola Malesevic (Uzice, Serbia) sank four consecutive free throws to take a 60-44 lead. However, a resilient RIC squad rebounded to cut the lead to nine with 9:42 on the clock behind a pair of baskets from senior center Mike Akinrola (Woonsocket, RI)


That would be the closest the Anchormen would come in this one, as Rhody jumped out to a 19-point lead behind six unanswered points from Outerbridge. The senior capped off the run with a ferocious slam with just 5:13 remaining in the game. The lead was the largest of the game for the Rams.



 Junior guard Ethan Gaye


RIC struggled with the Rams full court press in the early going, which forced 11 first half turnovers. In total, the Anchormen turned it over 21 times, but forced URI to turn the ball over on 18 occasions. The Anchormen did an admirable job on the glass throughout much of the game and were clearly not intimidated by the Rams’ size advantage.


The biggest disparity of the game came at the free throw line, where Rhody connected on 17-of-23 foul shots, while RIC was just 6-for-15 at the charity stripe.


Outerbridge and Malesevic led the Rams with 15 points apiece, with Outerbridge adding four blocks in the win. Freshman forward Jonathan Holton (Miami, FL) posted 14 points and nine rebounds, while freshman forward Dominique McKoy (Atlanta, GA) recorded six points and nine boards. Freshman guard T.J. Buchanan (Kalamazoo, MI) contributed with nine points, while senior guard Jamal Wilson (Norristown, PA) added eight points.


Akinrola registered 15 points in the ballgame for RIC, despite constantly being blanketed by the length of the Rams, namely the 6’9” duo of Holton and Outerbridge, as well as 7’3” center Blake Vedder (Chesterland, OH).


RIC junior guard Ethan Gaye (Providence, RI) played standout defense all night long, finishing with five points and a pair of steals, while junior center Steven Roberts (New Haven, CT) tallied six points.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open the 2011-12 season at home against Clark on Tuesday, Nov. 15 (7 p.m.).