Smith Named to All-Tournament Team in, 76-67, Win Over Thomas

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Babson Park, Mass.-Junior center Victor Smith (Providence, RI) posted 18 points, six rebounds, three blocks and was named to the All-Tournament Team as Rhode Island College defeated Thomas, 76-67, in the consolation game of the 2013 Babson Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.


Senior guard Tom DeCiantis (North Kingstown, RI) also had a strong game for the Anchormen (1-1), recording his first collegiate double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.


Junior center Mike Neal (Providence, RI) contributed 12 points and six rebounds, while classmate forward Chris Burton (New Rochelle, NY) chipped in with 11 points and six boards.


Rhode Island College had to claw its way back from a 16-point deficit in the first half to even its record on the season.


The Terriers got a game-high 19 points from sophomore Levi Barnes (Skowhegan, ME), while classmate Marquis Pollard (Philadelphia, PA) netted 12 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Senior Stanley Greene Jr. (Dorchester, MA) and sophomore Justin Murray (Winslow, MA) chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.


Thomas raced out to a 28-12 lead over the game's first 11 minutes on the strength of five three-pointers, including two each from Greene Jr., and senior Franklin Salvador (Somerville, MA). Rhode Island College closed the period on a 22-7 run, including nine points from Smith, to pull within 35-34 at the break.


Clinging to a 43-42 lead with 14:20 left in the game, the Anchormen ripped off a 15-5 spurt to take its first double-digit lead of the contest. The bench accounted for 12 of the 15 points during the spurt, led by six from DeCiantis. Neal gave RIC its biggest lead of the game at 61-47 with 8:58 to go, and despite pulling within seven on three occasions, the Terriers were unable to rally.


Rhode Island College shot 41 percent (28-for-69) from the field, 21 percent (4-for-19) from three-point range and 50 percent (16-for-32) from the free throw line.


Thomas shot 38 percent (26-for-69) from the field, 44 percent (8-for-18) from downtown and 88 percent (7-for-8) from the charity stripe.


RIC dominated the glass, 53-40.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Lasell on Thursday, Nov. 21 (7 p.m.).