Dec. 11, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Four Rhode Island College starters recorded double-digit point totals to lead RIC over the University of Massachusetts Boston men's basketball team, 76-54, Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center gymnasium on the campus of UMass Boston. The Anchormen improve to 8-2 on the year, 2-0 in the LEC while the loss drops the Beacons to 5-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
Senior guard Mo Johnson (Portland, OR) drained his first shot of the afternoon for UMass Boston to tie the game at 2-2 before the Anchormen went on a 9-0 run capped by a pair of free throws junior center Mike Akinrola (Woonsocket, RI) with 15:28 to play in the first half, giving the visitors the 11-2 cushion. Later in the frame, a three-point field goal by senior guard Nick Mason (Newport, RI) would extend the RIC lead to 19-5 with 11:07 left on the clock. Over the final ten minutes of action in the stanza, each squad netted 14 points apiece to give the Anchormen a comfortable 38-24 halftime lead.
Sophomore guard Jason White (Charlestown, MA) connected on a jumper with 14:46 to remaining in the second half to cut the RIC lead to 11 points at 47-36, but it was the closest the Beacons would get to for the remainder of the game. Following an old fashion three point play by Johnson at the 8:14 mark to make it 59-47, RIC, the Anchormen responded with a 13-4 run over a five minute span to put the game out of reach, giving the visitors their largest lead of the afternoon at 72-49 with 3:20 to play. The squads would trade hoops until the final buzzer, giving Rhode Island College the 76-54 road win and their fifth straight victory over UMass Boston.
Akinrola led the Anchormen in scoring, netting 15 points to go along with 12 rebounds for a double-double while Mason and senior forward Carl Lee (Warwick, RI) both contributed 14 points in the win. Sophomore guard Tahrike Carter also registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, respectively, in 32 minutes of action.
White finished the with a game-high 18 points and four steals for the Beacons while junior guard Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy) was also in double-figures with 11 points. Senior forward Pat Joseph continued his solid play in the low post, grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points.
UMass Boston will return to action on Sunday, January 2 when they head to Kissimmee, FL to take on Colby College in the opening round of the ECAC Holiday Festival Tournament while the Anchormen are idle until Wednesday, January 5 when they travel to Bristol, RI to face instate rival Roger Williams University.