Providence, R.I.—Junior guard Jonatan Batista (Providence, RI) narrowly missed a triple-double with six points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to help lead the Rhode Island College men's basketball team to a 66-56 victory against Southern Maine in a Little East Conference contest played at the Murray Center on Saturday afternoon.
Rhode Island College 66, Southern Maine 56
Southern Maine (4-14, 2-9 LEC)
Rhode Island College (12-8, 5-6 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC junior forward Benjamin Vezele (Providence, RI) notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
• Senior forward Justin Campbell (New Haven, CT) also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Adam Floyd (Worcester, MA) tallied 16 points and added nine boards in the win for the Anchormen.
• Southern Maine junior guard Jayvon Pitts-Young (Portland, ME) scored a game-high 30 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while senior forward Sean Jany (Westbrook, ME) chipped in with 12 points and six boards.
• RIC had command of the game early and raced out to a 29-7 lead on a layup from Vezele with 7:40 left in the first half.
• The Anchormen continued to control the action throughout the first half and held a 39-18 lead at halftime.
• Southern Maine chipped away at the lead during the second half and cut the RIC advantage down to a slim four points, 51-47, after a three-pointer from Pitts-Young with 7:36 left on the clock.
• Campbell made a tough contested layup, Floyd hit a key three-pointer and the Anchormen made their free throws to earn the important league win.
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 37.7 percent (23-of-61) from the field, 26.9 percent (7-of-26) from the three-point line and 65.0 percent (13-of-20) from the free throw line.
• Southern Maine shot 28.8 percent (19-of-66) from the field, 22.2 percent (6-of-27) from the three-point line and 80.0 percent (12-of-15) from the free throw line.
• RIC outrebounded USM by a 48-43 margin.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East action at Castleton on Wednesday, Jan. 30 (7:30 p.m.).