With the win, Roger Williams raised its record to 4-6, while Drew fell to an identical 4-6. This is the 13th annual Holiday Inn/Naismith Classic on the women’s side, while it is the 21st annual on the men’s side. Earlier today in the women’s consolation, William Paterson defeated host Springfield College, 65-59. Later this evening, Wesleyan will take on Bates in the women’s championship game at 5:30 pm. Springfield will then take on Montclair State in the men’s championship game at 7:30 pm.
Bashaw, a junior guard from Williston, Vt., scored 9 of his 17 points in the first half for the Hawks. Camobreco, a senior guard from Duxbury, Mass., tallied 10 of his 16 in the second half. Senior center Geoff Baranger (Fairfield, Conn.) also scored in double figures for RWU, chipping in with 14 points. Junior guard Billy Barrett (Fairfield, Conn.) had 7 points and a team-high 7 rebounds for RWU.
For Drew, only one player scored in double figures, and that was senior guard Chris Lopez (Staten Island, N.Y.) with 15 points. Lopez finished with a double-double as he added 10 rebounds.
Drew only had two one-point leads in this contest, both coming very early at 6-5 and 8-7, the latter coming with 16:44 left in the first half. Roger Williams then took a 9-8 lead when Bashaw made a lay-up with 14:49 left, and RWU never trailed thereafter. The Hawks led 28-21 at the half.
In the second half, the Rangers cut it to four on one occasion (33-29), with 13:57 left when junior guard Gerard Mullin (Freehold, N.J.) made a conventional three-point play on a lay-up and free throw. Bashaw then made a three-pointer for RWU just 19 seconds later. The final 13-point margin was RWU’s largest lead of the game.
RWU shot .479 for the game from the floor (23-of-48), while Drew shot just .373 (19-of-51). RWU made 8 three-pointers, including 4-of-7 in the second half. The Hawks out-rebounded the Rangers, 32-29. RWU freshman guard Corey Fava (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) led everyone with 6 assists.