PROVIDENCE, RI – A 9-0 run in overtime lifted the Rhode Island College men's basketball team past Johnson & Wales University on Wednesday. The Anchormen won the crosstown rivalry, 88-83, in overtime.
Rhode Island College: 3-0
Johnson & Wales: 1-1
Nate Patenaude converted a three-point play and Matt Madoian hit a layup to give the Wildcats a 76-71 lead just a minute into overtime. Back-to-back layups by Justin Forest swung the lead in RIC's favor and they would hold on for the victory.
The Wildcats held a four-point lead for most of the first half. Jonathan Batista's three-pointer midway through the half cut the lead to 25-24. A Justin Bullock jumper and two Patenaude free throws gave JWU a 42-34 halftime advantage.
Brian Hogan-Gary drained a three-pointer to make it a 58-51 JWU lead, but the Anchormen chipped away and took a 61-60 advantage with 3:49 left in the game. RIC had a chance to seal the victory in regulation, but Deyshawn Tengbeh missed a pair of free throws and Donovian Maxfield drilled a three-pointer to send the game into overtime.
The game was marred by fouls as the two teams were whistled for 59 infractions. The Anchormen made more free throws (25-39) than the Wildcats took (16-24). Rhode Island College also had a 57-49 rebounding advantage.
Topping the Anchormen was Adham Floyd with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Benjamin Vezele also had a double-double with 13 points and 15 boards.
The Wildcats travel to the Buffalo State tournament where they will take on John Carroll at 6 p.m. on Friday.