Men's Basketball Improves to 3-0 With, 94-81, Win at Fitchburg State

Jonatan Batista
Jonatan Batista

Fitchburg, Mass.—Freshman guard Shion Darby (Peekskill, NY) paced the Anchormen with 26 points to go along with six assists, five rebounds, a steal and one block as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team defeated Fitchburg State, 94-81, at FSU's Recreation Center on Tuesday night.

THE BASICS
Rhode Island College 94, Fitchburg State 81
Rhode Island College (3-0)
Fitchburg State (3-1)

HOW IT HAPPENEND
• The first half was back and forth in its entirety. The score was tied on six occasions, but it was the hosts that took the lead, 40-38, into the halftime break.

• Junior guard Keyshaun Jacobs (Lynn, MA) led the way in the first half for RIC with 13 points and was big on the defensive side of the ball with three steals.

• Coming out of the halftime break, RIC jumped out to a quick start as they retook the lead after a three-pointer by senior guard Jonatan Batista (Providence, RI) to put the Anchormen on top, 43-42.

• The second half was similar to the first, back and forth, with each team retaking the lead. The game was tied three times during the second half.

• A great defensive stand by the Anchormen lifted them to victory. In the final 5:18 of the second half, the Anchormen held the Falcons to just three points. During this stretch, RIC was able to pour in 17 points and close out the hosts by a 13-point margin.

• Senior forward Ben Vezele (Providence, RI) recorded his second double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Jacobs finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, three steals and one assist. Batista chipped in with seven points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals. Junior forward Tim Deng (Portland, ME) added 14 points, grabbed seven boards and rejected five shots.

• The Falcons were led by senior guard Nicholas Tracy (Indianapolis, IN) with 24 points to go with seven rebounds and a pair of assists.

BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 47 percent (33-for-71) from the field, 41 percent (9-for-22) from three-point territory and 68 percent (19-for-28) from the foul line.

• FSC shot 44 percent (36-for-81) from the field, 20 percent (4-for-20) from downtown and 31 percent (5-for-16) from the free throw line.

• FSC held a slight advantage on the glass, 50-46, and points in the paint, 52-48.

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Elms on Thursday, Nov. 21 (7 p.m.).