Bristol, R.I. – Rhode Island College erupted for 55 second half points and the Anchormen pulled out an 85-78 win over Clark University in non-league men's basketball action on Friday evening at the Roger Williams Courtyard By Marriott Tip-Off Classic.
Score: Rhode Island College 85, Clark University 78
Records: Rhode Island College 2-0, Clark University 1-1
Location: Recreation Center Gymnasium, Bristol, R.I.
How It Happened:
Rhode Island College used a 20-5 run midway through the second half to erase a ten-point halftime deficit on their way to their second straight victory.
The Anchormen shot a sizzling 67 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes (21-for-31), led by Roosevelt Shider, who scored 16 of his game-high 21 in his 18 minutes of second half action.
Clark opened the game strong and led by as many as 17 after they went on an 18-1 run following a tie score at 11-11. During a more than ten minute stretch, the Cougars held the Anchormen without a basket and to just three free throws as they built their early advantage.
The Cougar outburst included six points come from Joe Atkinson (Milford, Mass.) and six more from John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.), courtesy of a pair of three-pointers. Pisacreta's second trifecta had the Scarlet and White in front, 29-12, with 7:21 before halftime.
RIC answered back and got to within eight on a Chris Farrington three-pointer but the Cougars got a short hook from Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) to go ahead 40-30 heading into halftime.
With the Anchormen, shooting the lights out in the second half, they took the lead for good on a Jimmy Fritzson three-point bomb which ignited an 18-6 run, putting RIC up, 73-63.
Clark got as close as four late in the period on a traditional three-point play from Atkinson and an inside hoop from Lamar Berk (Saint Augustine, Fla.), but the Anchormen closed out the contest by getting two free throws from Fritzson with less than 30 seconds left to halt any thoughts of a Clark comeback.
In addition to their hot shooting second half, RIC used a 24-6 edge in fastbreak points as well as a 35-21 bulge in bench points to secure the victory.
For the game, Clark shot 42 percent from the field and did hold a slight 40-36 advantage in rebounds.
Pisacreta led a balanced offensive attack by connecting on five three-pointers, good for 15 points, while Berk added 15 and five rebounds as well. Luca McCormick (Bradenton, Fla.) ended with 13 points and a team-best seven rebounds and Evan Lerner (Hopedale, Mass.) came off the bench and provided 11 points and five boards.
Atkinson, meanwhile, stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Clark University will return to action on Saturday when they take part in the consolation game of the tournament against Newbury College. Tip time is slated for 1:00 p.m.