December 2, 2014



Chicopee, Mass.-Senior forward Chris Burton (New Rochelle, NY) tallied a game-high 21 points, while chipping in six rebounds and four steals, as the Rhode Island College menís basketball team topped Elms College , 67-52, in non-conference action on Tuesday night.


The Blazers (1-5) and Anchormen (6-1) traded baskets and were knotted up at 13-13 halfway through the first half. A three-pointer by Burton off a feed from senior guard Eric Alleyne (Watertown, MA) put RIC up five, 18-13, with 9:05 to play in the stanza. Elms recovered and  teams remained close in the final nine minutes,  but Burton knocked down a pair of shots late to give the Anchormen the 28-24 lead entering the halftime break.


The Anchormen shot 38.7 percent (12-for-31) from the field in the first half, while the Blazers shot 31.8 percent (7-for-22) in the frame. Senior forward Kenny Lockett (Atlanta, GA) led Elms with eight points and seven rebounds, while Burton notched 15 points and four boards for the visitors.



 Senior forward Chris Burton


A pair of free throws by Elms sophomore guard DaQuian Youngblood (Brooklyn, NY) cut the RIC lead down to two, 32-30, with 16:26 remaining in the half. RIC freshman guard Roosevelt Shider (Meriden, CT) nailed a three-pointer off a feed from junior forward Patrick Matthews (Waipahu, HI) with 11:11 remaining to increase the Anchormen lead to nine, 46-37.


 A pair of Youngblood free throws with 7:11 left in the half made the score 55-43, but two free throws by Alleyne with 6:51 on the clock increased the RIC lead to 14, 57-43. The Anchormen nailed their free throws down the stretch and finished out the game with a 67-52 victory.


Junior guard Jerry Buchanon (Windsor, CT) led the Blazersí attack with 15 points, while Lockett finished the game with eight points and 10 boards. The Blazers shot 28.9 percent (13-for-45) from the field, 10.0 percent (1-for-10) from downtown and 62.5 percent (25-for-40) from the free throw line.  


Burton led the team with 21 points, six boards and four steals, while Shider poured in 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting from downtown. The Anchormen finished the game shooting 47.1 percent (24-for-51) from the field, 54.2 percent (13-for-24) from the charity stripe and a sizzling 40.0 percent (6-for-15) from long range on the evening.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open Little East Conference play at home against Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Dec. 6 (3 p.m.).