Jake Elmslie -Sports Editor
The regular season came to a close for both of Rhode Island College’s basketball programs Saturday afternoon, with one team gearing up for a playoff run while another has been left on the outside looking in.
The Anchorwomen came into Saturday locked in as the fifth seed in the Little East, however coach Jenna Cosgrove still opted to utilize her full rotation in what resulted in a 63-52 win over the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons. While the victory has no impact on the seeding of the RIC team it does mean that the Beacons will enter the Little East tournament as the fourth seed and thusly will have a rematch with the Anchorwomen Tuesday evening in Boston in the conference quarterfinals. “We were definitely motivated by the fact that winning meant we got to go up to Boston instead of taking a three hour ride up to Maine, we were pumped about that” explained Coach Cosgrove postgame.
The Anchorwomen will exit the regular season with their first winning record in four years at 17-9. RIC was lead in scoring by Brooke Young who managed to average 9.9 points per game for an Anchorwomen team that averaged 62.3 points per game as a team, good enough for the sixth most in the conference.
Meanwhile, the men’s team came into Saturday already knowing that their season was over long before tip off of what ended in a 80-64 against the Umass Boston team. The Anchormen under head coach Tom Glynn will fall victim to the newly contracted Little East playoff format. 2019 marks the first season that only the top six teams in the conference advanced to the playoffs as opposed to the eight team tournament of yore.
The Anchormen entered the month of February in a prime position to advance to the playoffs however three crucial loses over the months first two weeks tanked their chances. To their credit though the team recorded their first winning record since 2015 in what was characterized as a rebuilding year by Coach Glynn prior to the start of the season.
Notable is the fact that the Anchormen entered the game with around half of their roster missing, with many players including team leading scorer Adham Floyd being absent on the court while simultaneously not being listed on the team’s official roster. An anonymous source tells The Anchor that Floyd was among a group of players who quit the team in the last week.
Overall Justin Campbell stands as the lone graduating senior between both the men’s and women’s teams. “It’s bittersweet, I was thinking about it all last night, it’s been keeping me up. It was tough knowing this was my last game and that there aren’t any after it but overall the last four years I can honestly say I enjoyed myself.” Campbell who will conclude his career as the 25th 1000 point scorer in RIC men’s basketball history expositied postgame.