RIT downs Wells in wire-to-wire win

Courtesy of RITathletics.com

AURORA, NY — The RIT (2-1) men’s basketball team won 72-54 at Wells College (0-3) Saturday afternoon. Junior Will Atkinson (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) led the Tigers with a career-high 20 points, including 14 in the first half.

RIT never trailed, opening the game on an 11-2 run. Rich Ross pulled Wells to within 27-21 with his 3-pointer with 6:34 to play in the first half. RIT answered by scoring nine straight points, taking a 36-21 lead on a 3-pointer from Atkinson.

Ross broke the RIT run with a pair of free throws with 4:45 to play that cut the Tigers lead to 36-23. Atkinson scored five straight points, including his three with 2:41 to play that increased the Tigers lead to 41-23. He added a sixth straight point with a free throw late in the half. Chuck Okehie (Owings Mills, MD/McDonogh) and Matt Anderson (Bennington, VT/Mt. Anthony Union) tacked on three throws at the end of the half to give the Tigers a 45-25 lead.

Atkinson scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half on 5-of-9 shooting. Curtis Nesbit (Woodbridge, NJ/Woodbridge) and Anderson each scored seven points, while Jaymee Rosser (Newark, NY/Newark) tallied six points. RIT shot 55.6 percent in the first half on 15-of-27 shooting, including 8-of-14 from beyond the arc.

Marcell Davis (Buffalo, NY/St. Joseph’s Institute) gave RIT its largest lead of the game on his jumper at the 12:38 mark of the second half, 61-34. Wells got the lead down to 13 points on a Ross  3-pointer with 7:41 remaining in the half, cutting the Tigers lead 61-48, but RIT withheld the run to hold on for the 18-point win.

RIT shot 48.1 percent from the floor on 25-of-52 shooting. The Tigers went 12-of-22 from beyond the arc, and made 10-of-17 from the foul line. Nesbit chipped in 11 points, four assists and two steals, Anderson tallied 10 points, while Rosser and Cobey Adekanbi (Bloomfield, CT/Loomis Chafee) each scored nine points. Justin Schneider (Aurora, NY/Southern Cayuga) finished with nine rebounds for RIT, who held a 50-20 rebounding edge.

Ross led Wells with a game-high 27 points. DaVontai Crutch added 14 points and six rebounds, while Jalen Tribble added 11 points for the Express who shot 35.3 percent from the floor.

RIT returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20 when the Tigers host Alfred University at 7 p.m.

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