Preston scores career-high 21 points for Panthers
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Chris Burton (New Rochelle, N.Y.) scored 17 points while fellow senior Eric Alleyne (Watertown, Mass.) chipped in with 16 Saturday afternoon as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team notched a 68-53 victory over Little East foe Plymouth State University at The Murray Center.
The Panthers were led by sophomore Jack Preston (Nashua, N.H.), who scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed four rebounds. Sophomore Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) also scored in double figures, tossing in 10 in the defeat. The Panthers shot 41.7 percent (20-for-48) from the field while shooting 27.3 percent (3-for-11) from behind the arc.
Plymouth State (5-10, 0-5 LEC) held an 11-6 advantage after 10:29 had elapsed in the half. Rhode Island College (12-3, 4-1 LEC) chipped away with a put back from sophomore Terrance Tribble (White Plains, NY) with 8:28 to play knotted the score at 11 apiece. The Panthers pushed their lead to five, 20-15, when Preston nailed a jumper off a feed from sophomore Nathan Clarke (Reading, Mass.). The Anchormen responded, and a jumper by Burton with 30 seconds left in the half put RIC up, 30-25, before a late jumper by PSU made the score 30-27 entering the half.
The opening five minutes of the second half was the Chris Burton show as the senior tallied 10 points to help push the RIC lead to 14, 46-32, with 15:02 remaining. The Anchormen continued to put pressure on both ends of the court, pushing their lead to 15 with 9:27 to play. The Panthers cut the lead down to 10, but that is as close as they would get as the RIC defense buckled down and pushed the margin of victory to 15, 68-53.
RIC was paced by Burton's 17 points and three steals while Alleyne did it all, scoring 16 points, handing out eight assists and hauling in six rebounds. The Anchormen shot 46.2 percent (24-for-52) from the field and 38.9 percent (7-for-18) from three for the game.
Both teams place again on Tuesday as PSU hosts the University of Southern Manie and the Anchormen host Western Connecticut State University.
(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information)
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