Owls Prove Too Much for Men's Basketball, 87-68

Opening Tip-Off Photo from Feb. 9

Providence, R.I.—Senior forward Justin Campbell (New Haven, CT) scored a team-best 19 points to lead four players in double figures as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team fell to Keene State, 87-68, in a Little East Conference contest played at the Murray Center on Saturday afternoon.

Keene State 87, Rhode Island College 68
Keene State (17-7, 12-3 LEC)
Rhode Island College (13-10, 6-8 LEC)

• RIC freshman guard Deyshawn Tengbeh (East Providence, RI) scored 15 points and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Adham Floyd (Worcester, MA) added 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

• Junior forward Benjamin Vezele (Providence, RI) had 12 points, seven assists, six boards and two blocks in the loss for the Anchormen.

• Senior forward Ty Nichols (Springfield, MA) led the way for Keene State with a game-high 30 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and five steals.

• Keene State center James Anozie (Poughkeepsie, NY) posted a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore guard Miguel Prieto (Providence, RI) was also in double figures with 15 points.

• It was a back and forth affair early with Keene State holding a five point, 21-16, lead after a pair of free throws from Nichols with 10:06 left in the first half.

• RIC then used an 11-5 run, capped by a three-pointer from Tengbeh, to regain the lead, 27-26,  with just over five minutes left in the stanza. The two teams then traded leads down the stretch of the opening half with Keene State taking a 42-38 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.

• The two teams continued to trade baskets during the early stages of the second half and the score was tied, 52-52, after a three-pointer from Floyd with 12:17 remaining.

• The Anchormen, who played only six players up to that point, ran out of gas as the visiting Owls used a 17-7 run over the next five minutes to take their first double-digit advantage, 69-59, with 6:11 left in the contest.

• Keene State pushed its lead to as many as 26 points down the stretch before taking the 87-68 victory.

• RIC shot 38 percent (23-of-61) from the field, 29 percent (7-of-24) from the three-point line and 63.0 percent (15-of-24) from the free throw line.

• Keene State shot 45 percent (29-of-65) from the field, 44 percent (10-of-23) from the three-point line and 68 percent (19-of-28) from the free throw line. 

• Keene State outrebounded RIC by a 46-35 margin.

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East action at Western Connecticut on Wednesday, Feb. 13 (7:30 p.m.).