Men's Basketball Edges Bridgewater State, 86-82, for Fifth Win

Benjamin Vezele
Benjamin Vezele

Bridgewater, Mass.—Four Anchormen scored double-figures as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team edged Bridgewater State, 86-82, at the Adrian Tisley Center on Tuesday night.

THE BASICS
Rhode Island College 86, Bridgewater State 82
Rhode Island College (5-1)
Bridgewater State (0-5)

HOW IT HAPPENED
• The first half started with both teams trading buckets for the opening seven minutes. After a three-pointer by freshman guard Shion Darby (Peekskill, NY), the Anchormen went on an 8-0 run and never looked back.

• RIC raced out to its largest lead of 12, 39-27, at the 2:33 mark of the first half and took a 10 point lead into the half, 39-29.

• RIC was able to control the tempo throughout the second half. The Bears did pull within three points, 56-53, before another Darby three-pointer. Darby's longball sparked the Anchormen as freshman guard Jahden Erold (Boston, MA) then drilled a three of his own and a Darby layup put the Anchormen's lead back to double-digits.

• The Anchormen eventually closed out the Bears for the four-point victory, 86-84.

• Darby led all scorers in the game with 33 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.

• Senior forward Ben Vezele (Providence, RI) registered a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guard Keyshawn Jacobs (Lynn, MA) had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.

• Sophomore guard Deyshawn Tengbeh (East Providence, RI) chipped in with 10 points and five boards.

• The Bears had three players score over 20 points. Senior guard Ryan Carney (Easton, MA) had 24, senior forward Rayshon Ward (Fayetteville, NC) had 22 and senior forward Dimitri St. Louis (Brockton, MA) had 21. 

BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 43 percent (30-for-70) from the field, 36 percent (11-for-31) from three-point range and 65 percent (15-for-23) from the foul line.

• BSU shot 40 percent (30-for-76) from the field, 25 percent (6-for-24) from downtown and 76 percent (16-for-21) from the foul line.

• BSU controlled the glass with a 51-42 rebounding advantage and a 40-34 advantage in the paint.

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Regis on Sunday, Dec. 1 (5 p.m.).