PROVIDENCE, RI – Senior guard Aaron Samuel (Stratford, CT) notched team-highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn't enough as the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team was downed at Rhode Island College, 76-62, to begin the Little East Conference slate on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials fell to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in league play, while the Anchormen improved to 7-2 and 1-1.
Junior guard Ronald Jefferson (Brooklyn, CT) tacked on 10 points and six boards, while senior guard Geary McLeod (New London, CT) dished out a team-high five assists to go along with a game-high six steals for WestConn.
Justin Campbell notched a double-double of his own to lead RIC, rounding out with 24 points and 13 off the glass. Adham Floyd contributed 22 points and nine rebounds, while Deyshawn Tengbeh rounded out the double figures scorers with 10.
The hosts connected on 10 shots from beyond the arc, while the visitors managed just four which proved to be the difference in the contest. The Anchormen also edged the Colonials as they connected with eight more free throws.
WestConn snagged an early 10-6 lead when rookie guard Ricardo McLeod (Brooklyn, NY) converted a layup. However, that lead was short-lived for the Colonials.
The Anchormen finished the first half with a 25-10 run to seize a 31-20 halftime advantage. It was a spurt that the Colonials were unable to recover from as RIC outscored them by three points in the second half to wrap up the count at 76-62.
WestConn will look to rebound from the loss when they meet Little East Conference nemesis Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.