March 4, 2014


Austin Cilley Named to All-Rookie Squad

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College juniors Chris Burton (New Rochelle, NY) and Victor Smith (Providence, RI) were named First Team All-Little East Conference for their respective performances in men’s basketball this season.


Burton, a Second Team All-LEC selection a year ago, was also named to the league’s All-Defensive Team for the second consecutive campaign. The forward has played in 26 games, starting 18 of them. Burton is averaging 11.9 ppg, a team-high 6.2 rpg, a team-high 2.4 spg, 2.0, apg and a team-high 1.8 bpg. He leads the league in steals, ranks third in blocked shots, ninth in rebounding and 10th in free throw percentage (.744).



 Junior forward Chris Burton


Smith has played in 28 games, starting 12 of them, and is averaging 10.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.1 bpg. In his first season with the program, the center leads the Little East Conference in field goal percentage, as he is shooting at a 54 percent (127-for-235) clip from the floor. He also ranks eighth in the conference in blocked shots.



 Junior center Victor Smith


Freshman guard Austin Cilley (Westerly, RI) was named to the Little East All-Rookie Team. He has played in 22 games, starting 17 of them. Cilley is averaging 12.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 2.3 apg. He ranks fifth in the conference with a team-high 48 three-pointers, while ranking second in free throw percentage (.879) and ninth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.390).



 Freshman guard Austin Cilley


Head Coach Bob Walsh’s Anchormen are currently 20-8 and finished the regular season with an 11-3 (second place) mark in the Little East Conference. RIC went 3-0 en route to capturing the program’s sixth Little East Conference Tournament Championship. The Anchormen defeated Southern Maine, 74-66, in the first round, UMass Dartmouth, 82-69, in the semifinals, and knocked off top-seeded Eastern Connecticut, 70-61, in the finals.


Rhode Island College is making its eighth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Div. III Men’s Basketball Tournament and will host York College in first round action on Thursday, March 6 (7 p.m.).