RIC POWERS PAST ELMS, 71-59

Malcolm Smith
Malcolm Smith

Providence, R.I.-Senior guard Malcolm Smith (Old Orchard Beach, ME) scored 13 points, added seven rebounds and two assists to help lead the Rhode Island College men's basketball team stop a six-game losing streak and earn a 71-59 victory against Elms in a non-conference contest played at The Murray Center on Monday night.

 

THE BASICS

Rhode Island College 71, Elms 59

(Rhode Island College 5-16)

(Elms 2-19

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

• RIC junior forward Justin Campbell (New Haven, CT) scored a team-best 17 points with six rebounds.

• Sophomore guard CJ Donaldson (Bridgeport, CT) tallied 16 points, seven assists and four rebounds for the Anchormen.

• Senior guard Roosevelt Shider (Meriden, CT) was also in double figures with 11 points in the victory.

• Elms was paced by freshman guard Greg Metelus (Palm Beach, FL) with a game-high 19 points, five rebounds and four assists.

• Freshman guard Michal Ohradka (Feeding Hills, MI) was also in double figures with 10 points, five boards and four assists in the loss for the Blazers.

• The two teams traded leads in the early stages with the score tied, 14-14, midway through the first half.

• Elms then used a 20-10 run, capped by a three-pointer from Metelus, to take its first double-digit advantage, 34-24 with 1:34 left in the stanza.

• The Anchormen responded and closed out the half on a 9-0 run and trailed by just one, 34-33, at halftime.

• RIC controlled the action to start the second half, using an 18-4 run to start the stanza, capped by a layup from Shider, to take a 51-38 advantage with 8:17 left in the contest.

• Elms cut the deficit down to just four points on a jumper from Metelus, making the score 53-49 with 4:58 left on the clock.

• That would be as close as the Blazers would get as RIC pulled away down the stretch to take the 71-59 victory, led by several Donaldson free throws.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

• RIC shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the field, 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from beyond the three-point line and 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the free throw line. 

• Elms shot 40.6 percent (26-of-64) from the field, 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from downtown and 100.0 percent (3-of-3) from the free throw line.

•  RIC outrebounded Elms by a 38-36 margin and forced the Blazers into 18 turnovers.

 

WHAT'S NEXT

• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play at Western Connecticut on Wednesday, Feb. 7 (7:30 p.m.).