Vezele Posts 36 as Men’s Basketball Falls to Western Connecticut, 82-80

Benjamin Vezele
Benjamin Vezele

Danbury, Conn.--Junior forward Benjamin Vezele (Providence, RI) scored a career-best 30 points and pulled down 16 rebounds as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team fell at Western Connecticut, 82-80, in a Little East Conference contest on Wednesday evening.

THE BASICS
Western Connecticut 82, Rhode Island College 80
Rhode Island College (13-11, 6-9 LEC)
Western Connecticut (15-9, 9-6 LEC)

HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC freshman guard Deyshawn Tengbeh (East Providence, RI) notched 20 points and added six rebounds and four assists.

• Freshman guard Tamar Williams (New Haven, CT) was also in double figures with 13 points. Junior guard Jonatan Batista (Providence, RI) added nine points, eight assists and six boards in the setback for the Anchormen.

• Freshman guard Ahmod Privott (Middletown, CT) led the way for Western Connecticut with 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

• Senior guard Geary McLeod (New London, CT) added 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while senior forward Aaron Samuel (Stratford, CT) had 15 points and nine boards in the win for the Colonials.

'• RIC had control early and took its first double-digit lead when a three-pointer from Tengbeh put the score at, 22-10, with 10:49 left in the first half.

• The Anchormen led by as many as 13 points in the first half, which included a 31-18 advantage on a three-pointer from Tengbeh with 5:40 left on the clock.

• Western Connecticut responded and closed out the half on an 18-7 run as RIC held a 38-36 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.

• The Anchormen pushed it back up to a double-digit advantage, 53-42, on a conventional three-point play from Vezele with 15:45 left on the clock.

• Western Connecticut then went on a 13-2 run to knot the score, 55-55, on a layup from Privott with just under 12 minutes remaining.

• The Colonials held a 78-72 lead with 3:01 left on a pair of free throws from Samuel.

• RIC took the 80-79 advantage on a layup from Vezele with :26 remaining.

• Privott then provided the heroics for WCSU as he hit a three-pointer as time expired to win the game.

BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 52 percent (26-of-59) from the field, 38 percent (9-of-24) from the three-point line and 81 percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line.

• Western Connecticut shot 41 percent (28-of-68) from the field, 38 percent (11-of-29) from the three-point line and 79 percent (15-of-19) from the free throw line.

• RIC outrebounded Western Connecticut by a 39-33 margin.

WHAT'S NEXT
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the regular season at home vs. UMass Boston on Saturday, Feb. 20 (3 p.m.)