Anchormen back in Sweet 16

UPDATED: The men's basketball team will take on longtime rival Amherst at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., on Friday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the sectional round of the 2011 NCAA Div. III Men's Basketball Tournament. If the Anchormen win, they will face the winner of Virginia Wesleyan and Williams the following night at 7 p.m.

Get on the bus as the Anchormen compete in the "Big Dance" this Friday. Bus tickets will be $10 per person and includes refreshments.

Tickets for the game are not included. Tickets can be ordered through the Athletic Department at (401) 456-8007 to be picked up at the will call window at Williams. Bus tickets and game tickets will be limited so contact the department today.

Rhode Island College junior forward Mason Choice had 17 points, four assists and two rebounds as the Anchormen defeated Oswego State, 71-63, in second-round action of the 2011 NCAA Div. III Men's Basketball Tournament played at Max Ziel Gymnasium in Oswego, N.Y.

Mason Choice
RIC (21-7) advances to the sectional round, reaching the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season and the third time in five years. The Anchormen are now 3-1 in NCAA second round games under head coach Bob Walsh.

The Anchormen will face long time nemesis Amherst (24-3) on Friday, March 11, at Williams College. The two teams were supposed to meet at RIC on Feb. 1, but inclement weather forced the game to be canceled. Amherst has defeated RIC four times in five matchups since 2006-07.

If RIC gets by the Lord Jeffs, it will face the winner of Williams (27-2) and Virginia Wesleyan (25-4) on Saturday, March 12.

"Tonight's win showed how much character and toughness our guys have," Walsh said. "To lose a First Team All-League player (junior center Mike Akinrola) the day of the game and have so many other guys step up is just phenomenal. We beat a great team on their home floor to go to the Sweet 16. I'm really, really proud of our guys."

Senior forward Carl Lee finished with 15 points and seven boards. Classmate front court mate Darius Debnam contributed 13 points and seven rebounds, while senior guard Nick Manson added 13 points.

"Over 400 schools play basketball at this level and there are only 16 left with a chance to win a national championship," Walsh said. "Rhode Island College is one of those teams for the second straight year."