PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Sophomore Mason Choice (Newport, R.I.) scored a game-high 19 points Saturday afternoon and did not miss from the field (8-for-8) as the Rhode Island College men¹s basketball team closed out the regular season with a 84-65 win over Plymouth State University in Little East Conference action at The Murray Center.
RIC (18-7 overall, 12-2 LEC) raises its current season-high win streak to five games. The Anchormen, who clinched the outright 2010 LEC regular season championship on Tuesday, are the top seed in the conference tournament and will host the semifinal and final contests on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27.
The Panthers (16-9 overall, 8-6 LEC) are the fifth-seed in the LEC tournament and will travel to fourth-seeded UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday for first round action at 7:00 p.m. The Anchormen will host the winner of that game Friday at 5:30 p.m.
PSU senior Bryan Tracy (Manchester, N.H./Central) connected on a three-pointer 33 seconds into the game to put the Panthers up, 3-0. It would be the last lead of the night for the visitors as two free throws by RIC junior Nick Manson (Newport, R.I.) and a Choice jumper gave the hosts a lead they would never relinquish.
Plymouth State got within one point, 10-9, at 13:50, but the Anchormen responded with a 32-9 run over the next 11:23 to build a 24-point margin (42-18) with 2:27 left in the half. RIC held a 22-point lead at halftime, 44-22.
The Anchormen held Plymouth State to 21 percent (6-for-28) from the field in the first half and just eight percent (1-for-12) from three-point range. RIC shot 58 percent (18-for-31) in the first stanza and held a 21-15 advantage on the boards.
The lead swelled to a game-high 34 points, 63-29, with 13:56
remaining in the second half. The Panthers chipped the deficit down
to 15 points, 74-59, with 2:33 left, paced by four three-pointers
by sophomore guard Brian Chergey (Bow, N.H.), but
were never able to get back into contention as RIC
cruised to the 19-point victory.
Every player who dressed for the Anchormen scored at least three points. Manson contributed 12 points and five rebounds, while junior guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) chipped in with eight points and seven assists.
Senior Jason O¹Keefe (Everett, Mass.) led Plymouth State with 14 points, all of which came in the first half.
The Anchormen shot 54 percent (30-for-56) from the field in the
game, while the Panthers shot 37 percent (22-for-59).
(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information)
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