Providence, R.I.—Senior forward Justin Campbell (New Haven, CT) recorded a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in his final regular game as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team fell to UMass Boston, 80-64, in Little East action played at The Murray Center on Saturday afternoon. Rhode Island College sees its season come to an end with the loss.
UMass Boston 80, Rhode Island 64
UMB (13-11, 8-8 LEC)
RIC (13-12, 6-10 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC freshman guard Deyshawn Tengbeh (East Providence, RI) added 11 points, three assists and two steals, while junior forward Benjamin Vezele (Providence, RI) notched eight points, nine boards and five blocks in the loss.
• Freshman forward Javaris Hill (Lynn, MA) led the way for UMass Boston with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds.
• UMB junior guard Alex Sanchez (Salem, MA) tallied 17 points and three steals. Sophomore guard Charles Mitchell (Boston, MA) was also in double figures with 12 points and seven boards in the win.
• The first half was a back and forth affair with UMass Boston taking a one point, 17-16, lead on a layup by freshman forward Malik Lorquet (Sharon, MA) with 9:40 left. A 6-0 run, keyed by two layups by Hill staked the visitors to a 23-16 lead with 7:50 remaining in the stanza.
• A three-pointer by sophomore guard Mike Valelli (Cranston, RI) and a layup by Vezele brought the hosts within a pair, 23-21, but UMB erupted on an 10-0 run, which was capped by a layup and ensuing foul shot by Sanchez, to lead, 31-21, with just over five minutes left in the opening half.
• The Anchormen went into halftime down by seven, 37-30. Hill and Sanchez paced the UMB offense with 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the first half.
• A nice run by the hosts brought the Anchormen within three points, 40-37, with 17:20 left in the game. Campbell had four points and freshman guard Tamar Williams (New Haven, CT) canned a three as part of the comeback bid.
• The Beacons responded with an 11-3 outburst to build a 51-40 advantage with 14:04 left. Sophomore guard Charlie Mitchell (Boston, MA) had a trey and a layup over that stretch.
• UMass Boston led by as many as 19 points several times late in the contest before pulling away down the stretch to take the 80-64 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
• The Anchormen shot 31 percent (22-for-71) from the field, 33 percent (8-for-24) from three-point range and 67 percent (12-for-18) from the free throw line.
• UMass Boston shot 56 percent (35-for-63) from the field, 38 percent (6-for-16) from the three-point line and 50 percent (4-for-8) from the free throw line.
• UMass Boston outrebounded RIC, 46-37, in the contest.