Jake Elmslie – Sports Editor
Rhode Island College men’s basketball illuminated the Murray Center Thursday night in their season opener and gave RIC fans something to be excited about. The Anchormen dominated wire to wire in the 87-64 victory, the teams first game under new head coach Tom Glynn.
The Anchormen have entered the 2018-2019 season with the goal of exorcising the demons of years past. The RIC Basketball program has been on a downslide the last few years, only winning a cumulative 14 games over the past three seasons. Based on Thursday night’s performance, the Anchormen may very well be on their way to shedding the futility of years past.
RIC asserted their dominance almost immediately over the Fitchburg State Falcons. Within the first 10 minutes of the game the Anchormen racked up a 15 point lead, and by the end of the first half RIC lead 45-28.
The retooled Anchormen roster received production from some new faces throughout the opening half, in particular from two upperclassmen starting their first season with the team. Junior Benjamin Vezele muscled his way to 10 points, oftentimes laying the ball in over multiple defenders while simultaneously playing violent defense in the post. Senior Bernard Broaster scored nine first half point off the bench and sent his team sprinting into the locker room following a buzzer beater three pointer.
The second half only spelled further dominance for RIC, with the Anchormen leading by as much as 27 at various points. Coach Glynn refused to allow his team to become complacent however and was often visibly berating his players for mistakes made even when the team held a massive lead.
One strength for the Anchormen was their free throw shooting. The team’s aggressive post play led to RIC players getting many opportunities at the line. The Anchormen capitalized on said opportunities going 31-38 as a team with no RIC player missing more than two free throws.
By the time the game’s waning minutes came along the Anchormen had the victory well in hand and began attempting to impress the Murray Center crowd with various flashy dunk attempts before Coach Glynn pulled his starters.
The Anchormen were lead in the game by Vezele who tallied 21 points to go alongside nine rebounds. Right behind him was Senior captain Justin Campbell who managed a hyper efficient 19 point 11 rebound double-double off of 7-10 shooting. Coach Glynn leaned heavily on his starters with four players being on the court for 36 plus minutes.
The Anchormen will follow this victory up with a three game road trip. RIC students’ next chance to see the team on campus will come on Tuesday, Nov. 20th when they face off against the Bridgewater State University Bears, tip off for that game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.