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January 27, 2018

 

UMASS BOSTON EDGES RIC, 54-53

Providence, R.I.-Freshman guard Adham Floyd (Worcester, MA) scored a game-high 17 points and added five rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Rhode Island College men’s basketball team suffered a tough, 54-53, setback against UMass Boston in a Little East Conference contest played at The Murray Center on Saturday afternoon.

 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 54, Rhode Island College 53

UMass Boston (11-9, 5-4 LEC)

Rhode Island College (4-14, 2-7 LEC)

 

 

 Freshman guard Adham Floyd

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

• RIC junior forward Justin Campbell (New Haven, CT) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

 

• Junior forward Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) narrowly missed a double-double with 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in the setback for the Anchorwomen.

 

• Freshman guard Charlie Mitchell (Boston, MA) led the way for UMass Boston with 13 points and six rebounds.

 

• Freshman guard Charles Mitchell (Boston, MA) added seven points, 10 rebounds and three assists in the win for the Beacons.

 

• RIC opened the game with a three-pointer by Floyd and a pair of free throws by sophomore guard CJ Donaldson (Bridgeport, CT) to lead by five, 5-0. RIC built a 19-4 advantage with 11:27 left in the first half on junior forward Justin Campbell’s (New Haven, CT) jumper.

 

• UMB’s Charlie Mitchell converted a layup as part of an 8-0 run to pull the Beacons within seven, 19-12, with 8:54 left. RIC quickly went on the offensive and closed out the frame on a 14-6 run to go up by 15, 33-18, at halftime.

 

• The visitors slowly began a comeback bid in the second half to trim their deficit and outscored the hosts, 19-5, over the first 9:28 of the stanza to trail by just one, 38-37. RIC bounced back and an offensive rebound and putback by Campbell gave the Anchormen some breathing room, 44-39, with just over eight minutes left to play.

 

• A three-pointer by Charles Mitchell (Boston, MA) gave UMB its first lead of the day, 47-46, with 4:58 remaining. A free throw by senior forward James Hawkins Jr. (West Medford, MA) increased the visitors lead to four, 52-48, with just over four minutes remaining in the contest.

 

• RIC regained the lead, 53-52, on a three-pointer from Floyd.

 

• Sophomore guard Dasan Cinelli (Boston, MA) scored what would prove to be the game-winner for UMB as he hit a layup with :14 remaining after a RIC miss to make the score 54-53.

 

• The Anchormen had one last shot, but a three-pointer at the buzzer fell just short as the Beacons held on for the league victory.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

• RIC shot 38.0 percent (19-for-50) from the field, 26.3 percent (5-for-19) from the three-point line and 58.8 percent (10-for-17) from the free throw line.

 

• UMB shot 29.0 percent (20-for-69) from the field, 18.2 percent (4-for-22) from the three-point line and 66.7 percent (10-for-15) from the free throw line.

 

• RIC out rebounded UMass Boston by a 43-40 margin and the Anchormen turned the ball over 21 times in the loss.

 

WHAT’S NEXT

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Amherst on Tuesday, Jan. 30 (7 p.m.).

 

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