NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA–Visiting Rhode Island College broke a 64-64 tie by scoring the final six points in the final 36 seconds of the game and escaped with a 70-64 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Junior John Genkos' (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) three-pointer capped a 17-6 run and tied the game at 64 with 1:03 remaining. But senior guard Tahrike Carter of the Anchormen (Brooklyn, NY/Benjamin Banneker HS) drew a foul and hit a pair of free throws with 36 seconds left, then sophomore forward Chris Burton (New Rochelle, NY/New Rochelle HS) blocked freshman forward Abi Akanni's (Fitchburg, MA/Fitchburg HS) with 21 seconds remaining. Senior guard Ethan Gaye (Providence, RI/Mount Pleasant HS) was fouled and made two free throws with 15 seconds left and another two with six seconds to play to clinch the victory.
The Corsairs were outscored, 14-0 at the outset of the game, but rallied and were within two at halftime, 29-27. RIC slowly pulled away in the second half until UMD's late run left them in position in the final minute.
UMD sophomore guard Mike Rotando (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ/Point Pleasant Beach HS/Bloomfield) led all scorers with 18 points, sophomore center Alex Rodrigues (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) had 12, and Genkos added 10. Carter paced the Anchormen with 13 points, Gaye added 11, and junior guards Tom DeCiantis (North Kingstown, RI/North Kingstown HS) and Michael Palumbo (Providence, RI/Classical HS) and senior center Steven Roberts (New Haven, CT/Hillhouse HS) each had 10.
"We had our opportunities, and we didn't take advantage of them," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We had our opportunities when we down by two points. Our guys worked hard and gave us a good effort, but it just didn't turn out in our favor."
UMass Dartmouth fell to 2-12 and 0-6 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Rhode Island College improved to 13-2 and 5-1 in the LEC with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Keene State Saturday in the second half of a Little East Conference doubleheader. The Anchormen will visit Plymouth State Saturday.