Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor
This week, the Men’s Basketball team faced Little East Conference (LEC) opponents No. 5 UMass Dartmouth and No. 4 UMass Boston, while hosting UMass Boston at home.
CJ Donaldson led the team against UMass Dartmouth with 16 points, including nine rebounds, five steals and four assists. Justin Campbell recorded a double-double in this game with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Grant Gillis scored 12 points and pulled down five rebounds. RIC managed to hold onto the lead in the first half, with a 35-28 lead at the end of the first. They stretched their lead out to 14 points, when a sudden burst of offense from RIC’s opponent brought the lead down to three points. In the last three minutes of the game, the teams exchanged the lead twice, tying three times. RIC was managing to hold onto the lead until a three-pointer with less than 10 seconds to go broke the tie for a tough Anchormen loss.
Following that last minute loss, it felt like déjà vu for the Anchormen as they lost the lead in the final minutes of the game against UMass Boston. Adham Floyd scored a game-high 17 points, including five rebounds to add to the stat sheet. Justin Campbell recorded another double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds to try to push the Anchormen to victory. Gillis almost joined Campbell as he scored 13 points and wrangled eight rebounds, with two blocks. After another strong first half, RIC had a 15-point lead going into the second half. The team’s offense and defense slowly died down as UMass Boston continued to chip away at the Anchormen lead. In the final six minutes, the lead changed five times in the span of two minutes. For the rest of the game, it seemed as RIC was battling to try and regain the lead. They finally took the lead by one point, but after a minute of not scoring on either side, in the last 15 seconds, UMass Boston broke the tie to win the game 54-53.
The team is looking to end the month with an away win against Amherst College, as they have a record of 4-12 overall and an LEC record of 2-7.