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January 15, 2011

RIC sinks PSU Men’s Basketball

Dowd, Lambert with bright spots for Panthers

              PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Mike Akinrola scored a game-high 16 points as Rhode Island College remained tied atop the Little East Conference men's basketball standings with a 73-56 win over Plymouth State on Saturday at The Murray Center.

              The Anchormen (9-5, 4-1 LEC) sit atop the league standings along with Western Connecticut. The Panthers (6-8, 1-4 LEC) drop to seventh overall.

              Senior Darius Debnam had nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, to go along with a game-high seven rebounds. Senior Antone Gray contributed 13 points and a
game-high four assists, while junior Mason Choice pitched in with 12 points and six rebounds.

              Senior Tom Dowd led Plymouth with 14 points and seven rebounds. Classmate guard Ryan Lambert was the only other Panther in double figures with an 11-point effort.

              Rhode Island College started the game out strong, going up by eight points, 15-7, at 13:23. A technical foul called on RIC turned the momentum in the Panthers favor as they erupted for a 12-2 outburst to take their first lead, 19-17, at 10:02. Plymouth State took a 34-31 lead into halftime.

              Plymouth State opened the second half on an 8-1 run over the first 1:31, prompting a RIC timeout and giving the visitors their game-high lead of 10 points. RIC methodically chipped away at its deficit over the next six minutes, finally regaining the lead, 47-46, at 12:35.

              The Anchormen led the rest of the way, eventually opening up a 20-point, 71-51, advantage with three minutes left in regulation.

              Both teams play LEC games again on Tuesday, RIC hosting Western Connecticut and Plymouth State entertaining Southern Maine. 

(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information) 

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