Rhode Island College Uses Strong Second Half to Defeat Men’s Basketball
BOSTON, Mass. – With a combined 66.7% shooting from the field in the second half the Anchormen of Rhode Island College (16-4, 7-3 Little East) were able to blow open what was a close contest as they defeated men's basketball (5-16, 1-9 Little East) by the final score of 75-51 Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center.
As a team the Anchormen were 18-for-27 from the floor and 5-for-8 from 3-point range in the second half. On the day Rhode Island College, who has been ranked as high as 20th (week 6) on the D3Hoops.com Top-25 Coaches Poll, shot 52.7% (29-for-55). That included an 8-of-18 showing from behind the arc as well as a 9-for-17 performance at the free throw line.
Mike Akinrola led the afternoon with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Mason Choice and Tahrike Carter also helped out with a combined 31 points respectively. Choice also recorded seven rebounds, while Carter pulled in five boards, while also dishing out a pair of assists.
Mike Caceres (Opa-Locka, Fla.) led UMass Boston with a team-best 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, which included three 3-pointers. Off the bench Rob Mascher (Sandy Hook, Conn.) dropped in six points and also had five rebounds in just 10 minutes of work. Quadry Allen (White Castle, La.) went 3-for-7 from floor with one 3-pointer to lead the Beacons bench with seven points.
With senior and leading scorer and rebounder Isaac Jenkins sidelined due to an injury the Beacons starting five consisted of all freshmen. Erving Morales (Miami, Fla.) totaled six points and had four assists and three steal in a team-high 38 minutes of playing time.
Both teams struggled in the first half to build any type of consistent momentum. The Anchormen used their inside game to recorded 12 of their 29 first half points, with 10 of those coming off of Beacon turnovers. UMass Boston got eight of their first 20 points in the paint as well as on second chances.
After the break however Rhode Island College hit their stride and quickly turned what was a nine point game into a 16 point deficit for UMass Boston. However the early run did not seem to faze UMass Boston as they answered back with a run of their own to cut Rhode Island College's lead down to eight.
Unfortunately that rally was short lived as the Anchorman exploded on the scoreboard to make it a 25 point game with just over six minutes left in regulation. They would eventually drop in their final basket of the day on a lay-up from Chris Burton. Mascher scored the final four points for the Beacons all at the free throw line.
Men's Basketball will travel to Southern Maine on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. Little East Conference game.