BOSTON, Mass. – With three of the starting five finishing in double-figures along with a game-high 15 points from Tom DeCiantis off the bench, the 18th ranked Anchormen of Rhode Island College (18-3, 9-1 Little East) defeated men's basketball (9-11, 3-7 Little East) by the final of 81-50 Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center in a Little East Conference match-up.
DeCiantis was red-hot all afternoon finished 5-for-7 from the floor, including a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc. Rhode Island as a whole was 27-for-61 from the floor and 7-for-17 from 3-point range. Its bench proved to be the biggest factor in the contest as they accounted for 43 points in Saturday's conference victory. Starters Chris Burton and Alex Cruz each dropped in 12 boards, while Tahrike Carter finished with 10 for the Anchormen.
Senior Mike Mitchell, Jr. (Boston, Mass.) was the lone Beacon to finish in double-digits as he recorded 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting, 5-of-6 at the free throw line. Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fla.) added nine points, but early foul trouble sidelined the hot shooter for most of the second half.
Foul trouble was the story of the contest as three players ended the contest with four fouls. Freshman Jahleel Moise (Brockton, Mass.) who got the start in Saturday's contest was quickly called the bench after earning three fouls in the first 10 minutes of play. Junior Rahshjeem Benson (Boston, Mass.) also had to play through foul trouble and went on to finish with four points, six boards, and three blocks.
For the Beacons their afternoon consisted of 33.3% shooting from the floor (18-for-54). From behind the arc they were held to 18% by the Anchormen, who remain one of the top defensive teams in the entire Little East Conference. At the line UMB finished 11-for-18.
Rhode Island also won the battle on the glass pulling down 12 more rebounds than the Beacons (45-33). The Anchormen also did a solid job of possessing the ball totaling 18 assists in the contest, with six of those belonging to Carter.
Through the first 10 minutes of the contest, Rhode Island College never led by more than five points. The Beacons seemed to have an answer for the Anchormen on every possession and forced some key turnovers.
However at the 10:35 mark and with RIC leading by just three points, the nationally ranked Anchormen exploded offensively going on a 23-2 run to close out the first half and take firm control of the scoreboard (38-15).
After the break, Rhode Island used that late offensive surge to carry them throughout the final 20 minutes of play, quickly pushing their lead to more than 20. In the second half, UMB did outshoot the Anchormen, but the large deficit at the half proved too much for the Beacons to overcome.
Men's Basketball returns to action on Tuesday when they host the University of Southern Maine at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday's contest will mark the official reopening of the Clark Athletic Gym, which went through a major renovation prior to the start of the basketball season.