January 7, 2012

No. 24 Rhode Island College Downs Men’s Basketball in Conference Play

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With three players finishing in double-figures the 24th ranked Anchorman of Rhode Island College (11-1, 2-1 Little East) handed men's basketball (4-8, 0-3 Little East) a 88-51 Little East Conference loss Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center.

Along with the a combined 26 points from starters Mike Akinrola and Tom DeCiantis, the Anchorman also used a strong defensive showing to limit the Beacons in Saturday's conference match-up.  In the first half, RIC limited UMass Boston to just 28.6% (6-21) shooting from the field, while they were able capitalize on the other side of the court with their 54.2% shooting (13-24).

Akinrola finished 5-for-9 from the floor and 5-for-7 at the line.  He also managed a game-high eight rebounds.  DeCiantis was 4-for-7 from field, which included a pair of 3-pointers. AT the charity strip he went 1-for-2.  Coming off the bench Chris Burton finished with 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting and 4-of-5 shooting at the line.  He also matched the game-high eight boards, but did it in nearly half the time as his teammate, playing just 12 minutes in Saturday's game.

For UMass Boston it was Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) who finished in double-figures with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field and 3-of-7 shooting at the line.  Cody Edmond (Plaquemine, La.) dropped in eight points of his own, and recorded team-best five boards.  Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fla.) led the starting five with seven points, and also handed out three assists, while picking up three steals as well.

From the opening jump the nationally ranked Anchorman controlled the pace of Saturday's match-up with their first basket coming from 3-point range in the first minute of play.  Rhode Island took advantage of every single one of their possessions and quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead by the midway point of the opening half. 

They would continue that strong efficient play throughout the closing minutes of the first half and all of the second to secure their second conference win of the season.

Men's basketball returns to the Clark Athletic Center on Tuesday when they host Plymouth State University at 7:30 p.m.