Battle for the promise: RIC vs. URI
Lucille Di Naro, Managing Editor
There’s nothing quite like that feeling when family comes together. This past Saturday, the Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island men's basketball teams faced off in a pre-season exhibition at the Ryan Center.
The RIC Athletics Department provided transportation to the game for several fans, who appeared as a bright golden beacon in a sea of blue and white inside the Ryan Center. Support was strong for the Rams, as nearly half of the Ryan Center was occupied by friends and family participating in URI’s homecoming weekend events.
The Anchormen, an NCAA Division III team, were presented with a tough task trying to ward off the Rams Division I might and only sustained one lead the entire match, following a three-pointer by junior Keyshawn Jacobs early in the first half.
Despite the short-lived lead, the Anchormen finished the half trailing behind the Rams 52-23. The Rams dominated the second half, leaving the Anchormen with a 38 point deficit by the end of the match. The Rams outscored the Anchormen, with a final score of 93-55.
Outstanding performance for the Anchormen goes to senior Benjamin Vezele, who posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Anchormen will begin their 2019-2020 season at Eastern Nazarene College on Monday, Nov. 11.