November 3, 2012



Providence, R.I.-Senior guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY) led Rhode Island College with 15 points as the Anchormen fell to Providence College, 76-52, in an exhibition contest played at Dunkin Donuts Center in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.


Junior guard Nyheem Sanders (Pawtucket, RI) registered 10 points, four assists, and three rebounds to pace Rhode Island College, who led, 25-24, at halftime over the Div. I Friars of the Big East Conference. On the other end, freshman guard Josh Fortune (Hampton, VA) led all scorers with 22 points and knocked down six three pointers, while senior guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, NY) added 21 points, nine assists and four rebounds to guide Providence College to victory down the stretch. 


 "I was very proud of the way our guys competed," Head Coach Bob Walsh said afterwards. "Our defense gave us the lead at halftime and a chance to win the game. Unfortunately, we just couldn't sustain our defense in the second half."


Following four minutes of stingy defense and scoreless action on both ends, Providence College finally drew first blood thanks to a basket at the 15:59 mark from sophomore forward Brice Kofane (Yaounde, Cameroon). After the Friars took a 6-1 lead on a layup from junior forward Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, GA), RIC responded in a ferocious manner when sophomore forward Chris Burton (New Rochelle, NY) threw down a vicious two-handed slam on an alley-oop toss from senior guard Randy Casey (Attleboro, MA) with 13:36 on the clock in the first half, making it, 6-3.


After a mid-range jumper from Sanders made it, 10-8, with 10:39 remaining in the frame, the Friars extended their lead to four on a pair of free throws from Council and then to six on a jumper from junior forward Lee Goldsborough (Newcastle, England). However, the resilient Anchormen answered right back on a three-pointer from Carter to make it, 14-11, with 8:13 left in the half.



 Senior guard Tahrike Carter


Providence College jumped ahead by five after the two teams exchanged baskets late in the first half, but Rhode Island College stormed back to tie the game at 18, spearheaded by a fast break basket from Sanders with 3:18 left in the frame. After Council responded with a jumper on the other end to put the Friars up by two, junior guard Michael Palumbo (Providence, RI) buried a deep three pointer to give RIC its first lead of the game.


Fortune drained a trey on the other end to put the Friars back on top, but the Anchormen answered back to tie the game at 23 after a pair of free throws from Sanders. With a little over a minute remaining in the frame, Providence College sophomore forward LaDontae Henton (Lansing, MI) hit one of two free throws to give the hosts a one-point lead. However, RIC sophomore forward Jacob Page (Brookline, MA) connected on a basket in the paint with 45 seconds left in the frame, thanks to a nifty pass from Sanders, to give the Anchormen a 25-24 lead heading into halftime.


Trailing by one coming out of the break, Providence College opened the second half on a 14-1 run to take a 38-26 lead with 14:26 on the clock, sparked by eight points from Council. After the two squads exchanged baskets to keep the margin at 12, Carter knocked down a tough layup in traffic and then followed with a transition three-pointer to make it, 40-33, with 12:17 left to play.



 Junior guard Nyheem Sanders


However, despite the best efforts of the Anchormen, Providence College erupted offensively down the stretch in the second half to pull away from the visitors. Keyed by 19 second half points from Fortune on 7-of-11 shooting, the Friars went on a 36-19 run during the final 12 minutes of action, en route to the, 76-52, victory. The run for Providence College was sparked by a 72 percent (18-for-25) shooting effort from the field in the second half.


Rhode Island College struggled from the floor on the evening, shooting just 30 percent (17-for-57), including 23 percent (6-for-26) from downtown. On the other end, the Friars shot 51 percent (26-for-51) from the field for the game after shooting just 31 percent (8-for-26) in the first half.


RIC was outrebounded by the Friars, 40-28, but finished with 15 offensive rebounds as a team. The Anchormen also held the advantage in the turnover battle, as they coughed up the ball just 15 times, compared to 17 turnovers for Providence.


Palumbo came off the bench to score nine points for RIC to go along with four rebounds, while Casey was solid on both ends of the floor, finishing with two points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 20 minutes.


Henton posted 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and four points for the Friars, while Goldsborough tallied eight points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open the regular season at Lasell on Thursday, Nov. 15 (8 p.m.).