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No. 2 Rhode Island College (21-6) vs. No. 1 UMass Dartmouth (25-2)


Little East Conference Men's Basketball Championship Tournament

Championship Game - Tripp Athletic Center - North Dartmouth, Mass. - 5 p.m.


Rhode Island College wins the 2008 Little East Conference Championship Tournament. The Anchormen earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Most Outstanding Player: Bobby Bailey, Rhode Island College  

Rhode Island College captains collect conference trophy ... Cameron Stewart, Bobby Bailey, Tirrell Hill, Kaseem Johnson 

0:00 RIC 55, UMD 52 ... Tavares hits a three at the buzzer 

0:12 RIC 53, UMD 49 ... Rhode Island College defensive stop, Bailey to the line

0:27 RIC 53, UMD 49 ... Bailey hits a lay up on the baseline as RIC winds down the shot clock

0:59 RIC 51, UMD 49 Bailey hits a jumper in the lane, but Tavares responds with a three

1:26 Rhode Island College a timeout with possession.

2:00 RIC 49, UMD 46 ... Stephens drills a three and UMass Dartmouth gets a defensive stop

2:27 RIC 49, UMD 43 .... Freeman picks up his fourth .... Gray hits two from the line. 

3:00 Holbrook collects two more offensive rebounds and two points, cutting the deficit to 4 (47-43)

3:24 Tavarez checks into the game. 

4:12 RIC 47, UMD 41 ... Bailey hits a jumper in the paint and Anchormen cause another UMass Dartmouth turnover.

Rhode Island College timeout ... the UMass Dartmouth student section is at capacity and rocking.

4:40 RIC 45, UMD 41 Freeman cuts the Corsairs deficit to four with a running lay up.

05:00 RIC 45, UMD 39 

06:19 Bailey picks up his third foul

06:59 RIC 45, UMD 39 .... Rhode Island College is slowing down its offensive sets, starting progression at midcourt. 

08:12 UMass Dartmouth calls a 30-second timeout ... Rhode Island College ball.

08:25 RIC 45, UMD 37 ... Ramirez finishes a feed from Gray

09:19 Holbrook pulls in his 11th rebound, posting a double-double with 14 points

10:08 RIC 43, UMD 37 ... Hill capitalizes with his first three of the evening.

10:30 RIC 40, UMD 37 ... UMass Dartmouth's struggles continue from the line, missing a pair

11:00 RIC 40, UMD 37 ... Holbrook collects his 14th point of the night

UMass Dartmouth calls a 30-second timeout at 11:48

13:08 RIC 40, UMD 35 ... Tynes makes a pair from the line ... UMass Dartmouth traps off the make ... Tynes picks up his fourth, replaced by Stephens.

13:50 RIC 40, UMD 33 ... Fortes drains a jumper as the shot clock expires

14:50 RIC 38, UMD 31 ... Fortes nails a jumper in transition.

16:55 RIC 36, UMD 31 ... Bailey drives in the lane and hits a jumper to stop the Corsairs run.

17:08 Rhode Island College calls a 30-second timeout.

17:15 RIC 34, UMD 31 ... Holbrook has four of UMass Dartmouth's six points

17:49 RIC 34, UMD 29 ... Stephens drills a triple, igniting the crowd at the Tripp Athletic Center

Rhode Island College has the first possession of the half.

Rhode Island College 30, UMass Dartmouth 24 - Halftime

Notables:

Rhode Island College

Points: Fortes (10), Hill (6)

Rebounds: Johnson (4), Stewart (4)

Assists: Bailey (4)

FG% 47.8 (11-for-23); 3-Point FG 33.3 (2-6); Rebounds: 20; Turnovers: 16

UMass Dartmouth:

Points: Holbrook (8); Macchi (5)

Rebounds: Holbrook (6)

FG % 26.7 (8-for-30); 3-Point FG 22.2 (2-for-9); Rebounds: 20; Turnovers: 11 

01:09 RIC 29, UMD 24 ... Stephens, a freshman, has been UMass Dartmouth's lone offense in the final 10 minutes of the first half .... driving along the baseline a hitting a jumper then converting the free throw.   

01:50 RIC 29, UMD 21 ... Tyler Turtoro hits a three-pointer from the top of the key, but Gray answers right back for RIC

02:32 RIC 27. UMD 18 ... Stephens connects on 1-of-2 from the foul line, snapping a span of three straight misses. 

03:13 RIC 27, UMD 17 ... Hill drains two from the charity stripe to give the Anchoremen their first double digit lead.

03:13 UMass Dartmouth calls its first full timeout.

03:24 RIC 25, UMD 17 Johnson's at the line for a traditional 3-point play but is unsuccessful. 

03:50 UMass Dartmouth misses the front end of a one-and-one.

04:06 RIC 23, UMD 17 Macchi breaks a four-minute scoring drought for the Corsairs, hitting a lay up in transition

05:20 UMass Dartmouth has missed its past three free throws, unable to cut into its deficit. 

06:24 Rhode Island College is attacking the UMass Dartmouth front court with Holbrook on the bench. Ramirez give the Anchormen their largest lead 6 (21-15)

06:41 UMass Dartmouth is in the bonus, shooting one-and-one ... Corsairs have four team fouls.

07:30 Fortes checks back into the game for Rhode Island College.

08:20 Holbrook charges with an offensive foul and sent to the bench

08:28 RIC 20, UMD 15 ... Bailey picks Tynes pocket and slams it home on the fast break.

9:19 Tirrell Hill picks up two quick fouls, replaced by freshman guard Antone Gray

10:00 RIC 18, UMD 15 ... Holbrook reenters the game, hitting a jumper in the lane and grabbing an offensive rebound and draws a foul on the next possession. Makes both from the line.

10:29 RIC 16, UMD 11 ... Fortes reaches double figures in scoring with his second three ... heads to the bench replaced by Cameron Stewart

11:27 RIC 13, UMD 11 ... Matt Walker dials up a trifecta for UMass Dartmouth ... Walker hit two big triples last night to put Southern Maine away in the final minutes.

12:00 RIC 13, UMD 8 ... Fortes has scored RIC's past four points--seven for the game.

12:28 RIC 11, UMD 8 ... Holbrook heads to the bench 

13:45 RIC 9, UMD 6 ... Bailey gets out in transition for his first points of the night ... both teams are swarming on the defense end causing uncharacteristic turnovers.  

16:45 RIC 7, UMD 6 ... UMass Dartmouth is going inside early on each offensive set with Holbrook answering the call.

17:28 RIC 5, UMD 4 ... Freeman hits a jumper just inside the 3-point arc

18:00 RIC 5, UMD 2 ... Hill hits a lay up in transition. 

UMass Dartmouth puts the first two points on the board, Dan Holbrook converting on a lay up.

Rhode Island College wins the tip.

The starters are on the court awaiting the tip of the 2008 Little East Conference Championship Tournament.

The starting lineups are underway with the visiting Anchormen being introduced, followed by the top-seeded Corsairs.

Starters:

Rhode Island College

02 Kaseem Johnson (F)
03 Bobby Bailey (G)
12 Tirrell Hill (G)
25 Wil Lyons (C)
33 Anthony Fortes (G)

UMass Dartmouth

14 Reece Freeman (G)
20 Cory Tynes (F)
22 A.J. Tavares (G)
32 Brandon Stephens (G)
34 Dan Holbrook (F)

Table Staff: Official Scorer: Ralph Perry

Posting Up:

Rhode Island College and UMass Dartmouth are meeting for the third time this season with each team winning on each others homecourt. The previous two meetings have been decided by seven points.

Jan. 22, 2008: UMass Dartmouth 77, Rhode Island College 70

Feb. 12, 2008: Rhode Island College 79, UMass Dartmouth 72
 
The Corsairs advanced to the Little East Conference Tournament championship game for a conference-high 12th time, making their most recent appearance since the 2001 squad raised the conference championship trophy.

The Anchormen are playing in the program's second championship game after capturing the 2007 Little East Conference Championship Tournament title last winter.  

Conference Tournament History:

UMass Dartmouth:

Championships (10); 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001 

Appearances in the finals (12);  1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997                                               1998, 2001, 2008

Rhode Island College:

Championships (1); 2007

Appearances in the finals (2); 2007, 2008