PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A 37-13 first half would be all the Anchormen of Rhode Island College would need as they defeated men's basketball by the final of 76-50 Saturday afternoon at the Murray Center in a Little East Conference contest.
The Anchormen who improved to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference shot over 45% from the field and 83% from the free throw line. For UMass Boston they closed out 2013 with a record of 3-5 and fell to 0-2 in conference play.
The Beacons struggled to build any type of offense in Saturday's contest as they shot 27.7% on the day, and just 14.3% in the first 20 minutes of play.
Despite the tough day offensive, junior forward Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) still managed a game-high 24 points and was the lone Beacon to finish in double-figures. From the field Joseph finished 6-for-12, and at the line the Brockton native was an impressive 12-for-14.
Rhode Island College had three players finish in double-figures, two of which came off the bench. Austin Cilley led his team with 16 points, followed by Terrance Trible who had 12 in the win. Mike Neal's 10 points lead the Anchormen's starting five as he went 3-for-5 from the field and 5-for-5 at the charity strip.
On the glass UMass Boston held a 40-37 advantage with Ryan LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) pulling down game-best six boards. Fueling the Anchormen's offense with six assists was Eric Alleyne.
After the break, the Beacons did find some type of rhythm as they traded point for point with the Anchormen. However RIC was able to keep control of the scoreboard as they shot over 51% from the floor. Joseph dropped in 17 of his 24 points in the final half of play for the Beacons.
Men's Basketball returns to action on January 4 when they host Colby-Sawyer College at 1 p.m.