February 28, 2012



Providence, R.I.-Seniors Mike Akinrola (Woonsocket, RI) and Mason Choice (Newport, RI), along with junior Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY), were named All-Little East Conference for their respective performances in men's basketball this season.


Choice was named First Team All-Little East for the third consecutive season. The forward has played in 27 games this season, starting all of them. He is averaging 13.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. This season, Choice was among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in points, rebounds, assists, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. He scored a season-high 23 points at Southern Maine on Feb. 11, hauled in 12 rebounds against Plymouth State on Feb. 21, dished out seven assists against Western Connecticut on Feb. 24 and swiped four steals against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 28. The co-captain currently ranks ninth all-time in program history with 1,355 career points.



 Senior forward Mason Choice


Akinrola was named First Team All-Little East for the second straight season. The center has played in 28 games, starting 27 of them. He leads the Anchormen in scoring and rebounding with 18.1 points and 6.8 boards per game. He posted a career-high 36 points at Western Connecticut on Jan. 24, while also tallying a season-high 13 rebounds in that same game. Following that performance, Akinrola was named the Little East Conference Menís Basketball Player of the Week and to the Team of the Week as well. He is also among the top five in the Little East Conference in points, rebounds and field goal percentage. On Feb. 21, he became the 31st player in program history to record 1,000 career points.



 Senior center Mike Akinrola


Carter was named Second Team All-Little East and to the leagueís All-Defensive team. He has played in 27 games, starting all of them. The point guard is averaging 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He scored a career-high 20 points against Amherst on Jan. 31, corralled a season-high 10 rebounds on Nov. 19 against Lasell, swiped a career-high five steals on Feb. 24 against Western Connecticut and dished out a career-high of nine assists on two occasions. The co-captain is among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in rebounds, assists, steals and field goal percentage.



 Junior guard Tahrike Carter


The Rhode Island College menís basketball team will make the trek to Staten Island, N.Y. to battle Salem State in first round action of the 2012 NCAA Div. III Menís Basketball Tournament on Friday, March 2 (5:30 p.m.).


RIC (22-6) is making its sixth consecutive trip to the Big Dance and will face the Vikings (20-7), who captured both the MASCAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.


Staten Island (24-4), which won the CUNYAC Regular Season and Tournament Championship, will battle Ithaca (14-13), which won the Empire 8 Conference Tournament title, in the other first round match.


Rhode Island College is one of five teams in the nation (Hope, Whitworth, Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Wooster) to play in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past six seasons.


The Anchormen are 8-5 in NCAA Tournament action under Walsh, reaching the Elite Eight in 2007 and the Sweet 16 in both 2011 and 2010.


The Anchormen finished the regular season with a 10-4 record and three-way tie for second place in the Little East Conference. The Anchormen reached the 2012 Little East Conference Tournament Championship Game for the sixth consecutive season and fell to top-seeded Eastern Connecticut, 82-60, on Saturday, Feb. 25.