Vezele's Double-Double Leads Men's Basketball Past Bridgewater State, 77-62

Benjamin Vezele
Benjamin Vezele

Providence, R.I.—Junior forward Benjamin Vezele (Providence, RI) recorded a double-double with a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Rhode Island College men's basketball team to a 77-62 victory against Bridgewater State at The Murray Center on Tuesday evening.

THE BASICS
Rhode Island College 77, Bridgewater State 62
Rhode Island College (5-1)
Bridgewater State (0-4)

HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC sophomore guard Adham Floyd (Worcester, MA) also tallied a double-double with 18 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

• Freshman guard Deyshawn Tengbeh (East Providence, RI) tallied 15 points, six rebounds and four assists, while senior forward Justin Campbell (New Haven, CT) was also in double-figures with 10 points and eight rebounds in the victory.

• Junior guard Jonatan Batista (Providence, RI) notched a career-best 12 assists and chipped in with five points and five rebounds.

• Junior forward Rayshon Ward (Fayetteville, NC) paced Bridgewater State with a double-double as he registered 13 points and 15 rebounds.

• Junior forward Dimitri St. Louis (Brockton, MA) notched 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, while junior guard Ryan Carney (Easton, MA) added 11 points, five boards and four assists in the loss for the Bears.

• After the Bears connected on the opening bucket, RIC ripped off a 10-2 run to hold a six point lead, 10-4, with 16:33 left in the first half. Floyd had five points during the run.

• St. Louis sank a three to pull the visitors within three, 10-7, on the ensuing possession, but the Anchormen erupted for a 10-0 run, highlighted by a Vezele dunk, to hold a 20-7 advantage at the 10:00 mark.

• BSU pulled within eight, 24-16, on a layup from Ward with 4:26 remaining, but once again the hosts went on a run to end the half up by 12, 30-18. The run was keyed by back-to-back dunks by Vezele and Campbell 

• Both teams combined for 24 turnovers (BSU: 13; RIC: 11) in the first half, while RIC held a 30-18 advantage in rebounding. Floyd was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field, including two long balls, for a 10-point first half effort.

• RIC pushed the lead up to 21 points when a pair of free throws from Vezele put the Anchormen up, 51-31, with 11:34 left in the contest.

• BSU cut the lead to 12, 57-45, on a free throw from freshman guard Admar Jaramillo (Brockton, MA) with 6:02 remaining.

• That would be as close as the Bears would get as RIC pulled away down the stretch.

BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 42.5 percent (31-of-73) from the field, 22.7 percent (5-of-22) from the three-point line and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the free throw line.

• BSU shot 28.4 percent (23-of-81) from the field, 25.8 percent (8-of-31) from downtown and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line 

• RIC outrebounded BSU by a 53-50 margin and forced the Bears into 15 turnovers.

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host the University of Saint Joseph on Sunday, November 25 (1 p.m.).