Men's Basketball Falls, 80-74, at UMass Boston

Benjamin Vezele
Benjamin Vezele

Boston, Mass.—Junior forward Benjamin Vezele (Providence, RI) recorded a double-double with a team-best 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team suffered an 80-74 setback at UMass Boston in a Little East Conference contest on Saturday afternoon.

UMass Boston 80, Rhode Island College 74
Rhode Island College (9-7, 2-5 LEC)
UMass Boston (8-7, 3-4 LEC)

• RIC sophomore guard Adham Floyd (Worcester, MA) scored 16 points, hauled in five rebounds and dished out three assists.

• Freshman guard Deyshawn Tengbeh (East Providence, RI) added 15 points and five rebounds, while junior guard Jonatan Batista (Providence, RI) contributed 13 points and seven boards in the setback for the Anchormen. Freshman guard Tamar Williams (New Haven, CT) rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points.

• Sophomore guard Michael Boyd (Malden, MA) paced UMass Boston with 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

• Sophomore guard Charlie Mitchell (Boston, MA) tallied 19 points, five rebounds and three assists, while sophomore guard Charles Mitchell (Boston, MA) chipped in with 17 points and five boards.

• RIC jumped out to the early, 9-0, advantage on a layup by Vezele with 17:20 left in the first half. 

• UMass Boston then used a 20-9 run and took its first lead of the game, 20-18, on a three-pointer from Charles Mitchell with 11:23 left in the first half.

• The two teams then traded leads throughout the remainder of the stanza with RIC taking a 42-41 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.

• It was more of a back and forth affair throughout the early stages of the second half with RIC clinging to a two-point, 57-55, lead after a pair of free throws from Tengbeh with 10:25 left in the contest.  

• Neither team led by more than three points for the next seven minutes and RIC trailed, 71-70, after a layup from Vezele with 3:06 remaining. 

• The Beacons converted their free throws down the stretch, going 6-for-7 from the charity stripe over the final two minutes of the contest, to secure the 80-74 victory.

• RIC shot 43.1 percent (25-of-58) from the field, 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from the three-point line and 76.2 percent (16-of-21) from the free throw line.

• UMB shot 42.2 percent (27-of-64) from the field, 50.0 percent (9-of-18) from the three-point line and 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the free throw line.

• RIC outrebounded UMB by a slight, 38-36, margin, while the Anchormen committed 23 turnovers in the contest.

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East action at home against Castleton on Wednesday, Jan. 16 (7:30 p.m.).