BRISTOL, R.I. – The Elms College Men's Basketball team lost on the road at Roger Williams University 101-85 in the first game of the Courtyard By Marriott Tip-Off Tournament.
The Hawks jumped out to quick 8-0 lead to kick off the game. RWU would extend that lead to 18 (22-4) seven minutes into the contest. Roger Williams led by double digits the entire first half as the Hawks shot a blistering 62.1 percent from the field including 50.0 percent from behind the arc. The Blazers conversely only shot 37.8 percent in the half. After the first 20 minutes of play, RWU held a 54-36 advantage.
RWU extended the lead, knocking down a trey two minutes into the half, and take their largest lead of the game (59-38). Despite the large deficit, the Blazers mounted a rally halfway through the period.
Trailing 63-82 with 9:31 left, Elms used a 16-2 run to pull with six with under six minutes to play. However, the Hawks answered with a 10-2 run to go back up by 14 with two minutes left. That lead would help RWU cruise to the 16-point win.
The Blazers were led by D.J. Edelen's (Prince George, Va.) 24 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist.
Justin Feliciano (Springfield, MA ) would knock down 21 points in the game. Kewan Smoot (Windsor, CT) pitched in with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal,
Tahquell Cadel (Bridgeport, CT) pulled down 7 rebounds for Elms