Providence, R.I.—Freshman guard Deyshawn Tengbeh (East Providence, RI) scored a game-high 20 points and added seven rebounds to lead the Rhode Island College men's basketball team to a 70-54 victory against Plymouth State in a Little East Conference contest played at the Murray Center on Wednesday evening.
Rhode Island College 70, Plymouth State, 54
RIC (11-8, 4-6 LEC)
PSU (10-8, 5-5 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC senior forward Justin Campbell (New Haven, CT) recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while junior forward Benjamin Vezele (Providence, RI) had nine points, a game-high 20 rebounds and three blocks in the contest.
• Plymouth State freshman guard Dante Rivera (Methuen, MA) tallied a team-best 12 points and two assists, while senior forward Mike Osgood (Nashua, NH) and junior guard Jaylen LeRoy (Manchester, NH) each had 10 points in the setback for the Panthers.
• The Anchormen jumped out to an 11-5 lead over the first five minutes of the game paced by six points by Tengbeh. The hosts led by eight, 15-7, after a pair of free throws by Floyd, but the Panthers responded with an 11-1 run, keyed by seven points by junior guard Joe Simpson (Manchester, NH) to lead by two, 18-16, with 9:47 remaining.
• Floyd tied the game at 19-all with 6:25 left and RIC ripped off seven straight to build a 26-19 advantage. The visitors climbed with one, but back-to-back threes by Floyd and Tengbeh, respectively, helped the hosts regain the lead and go into halftime up by four, 34-30.
• RIC held a 25-15 advantage in rebounding over the first 20 minutes
• The Anchormen pushed the lead back up to double figures when a jumper from Tengbeh made the score, 51-41, with 11:50 left in the contest.
• Plymouth State trimmed the lead to down just five points, 55-50, on a conventional three-point play from Osgood with just under nine minutes remaining on the clock.
• The Anchormen then closed the game out on a 15-4 run, highlighted by a thunderous two-handed dunk from Vezele, to take the 70-54 victory.
• RIC and Plymouth State split the season series.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Rhode Island College shot 44 percent (26-for-59) from the field, 38 percent (8-for-21) from the three-point line and 63 percent (10-for-16) from the charity stripe.
• Plymouth State shot 34 percent (22-for-65) from the field, 14 percent (2-for-14) from the three-point line and 53 percent (8-of-15) from the free throw line.
• RIC dominated the glass, 54-30.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East action at home vs. Southern Maine on Saturday, Jan. 26 (3 p.m.).