North Easton, Mass.--Junior center Grant Gillis (North Kingstown, RI) notched a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team dropped a 73-65 decision vs. host Wheaton at the 2017 Wheaton Invitational at Emerson Gymnasium on Friday evening.
Wheaton 73, Rhode Island College 65
(Rhode Island College 1-1)
(Wheaton College 2-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC sophomore guard CJ Donaldson (Bridgeport, CT) and junior forward Justin Campbell (New Haven, CT) each scored 16 points.
• Freshman guard AJ Pettway (Worcester, MA) was also in double figures with 11 points and three assists in the setback for the Anchormen.
• Wheaton was led by senior forward Liam Bruno (Newton, MA) with 19 points, six rebounds and two assists, while junior forward Duaka Ekwensi (Morris Plains, NJ) also had 19 points to go with four rebounds and four assists for the Lyons.
• Senor guard Ryan Fogarty (Walpole, MA) and junior guard David Carbonello (Windham, MA) each tallied 11 points in the victory for the Lyons.
• Both teams traded baskets early on with neither squad leading by more than five points during the early stages of the contest.
• RIC trailed by just four points when a layup by Pettway with 8:05 left in the first half made the score 22-18.
• Wheaton then used a 15-4 run, capped by a three-pointer from Bruno, to take its largest lead of the stanza, 37-22, with 3:06 left on the clock.
• The host Lyons took a 40-29 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
• RIC responded early in the second half and cut the lead down to 54-48 on a pair of free throws with 11:53 remaining in the contest.
• RIC trimmed the deficit to six several times down the stretch, but the hosts advanced to the title game with the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 42.2 percent (27-of-64) from the field, 7.1 percent (1-of-14) from the three-point line and 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the free throw line.
• Wheaton shot 42.6 percent (26-of-61) from the field, 19.0 percent (4-of-21) from the three-point line and 77.3 percent (17-of-22) from the free throw line.
• RIC outrebounded Wheaton by a 41-37 margin.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will face Sage in the consolation game of the Wheaton Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 18 (1 p.m.).