Published January 14, 2011
RIT Tigers vs. Stevens Ducks
A back-to-back basketball showdown.

On Friday, Jan.7, the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams took on the Stevens Ducks in a back-to-back showdown at the Clark Gymnasium.

Mighty Ducks

by Michelle Spoto

The atmosphere of the women’s basketball game versus Stevens Institute of Technology could only be described in one word: lackluster.

Nearly empty bleachers, combined with a rough start for RIT, called for a disappointing night for the Lady Tigers. The game started with a foul by RIT after only one minute of play. RIT held Stevens point for point in the first few minutes, but the Ducks took a hold and garnered a lead. RIT racked up a total of six penalties during the first 20 minutes of play. By the end of the first half, the Tigers were down 19 points with Stevens leading 41-22.

The second half of the game didn’t fare much better; the Tigers’ defense was no match for Stevens’ offensive power. Although RIT was clearly frustrated, the Tigers never let their energy down, constantly encouraging each other on and off the court. RIT scored consistently throughout the period, claiming the first 4 points of the second half. Kayla Wheeler (#22), a first year Biomedical Engineering major, contributed two of these points by sinking both penalty shots. Still, the Ducks continued to gain more ground, slowly widening the score gap, much to the irritation of the few RIT fans watching. By the middle of the second period, it was clear that this was going to be a disappointing loss for the Tigers; but the team pushed on and maintained their cool. Despite a last-minute foul shot by Mallory Apperson (#35), a first year Environmental Management major, the game closed with 70-51, Stevens’ victory.

The RIT Women’s Basketball team will take on the Utica Pioneers on Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. and the Ithaca Bombers on Jan. 29.

Sitting Ducks

by Jeff McKinzie

It was the game of the man on fire.

For 35 minutes, Justin Heisig, a third year Electrical Engineering major, was RIT’s star player. Shooting 9-15 from the field and 4-6 from long range, Heisig rode a hot hand and made a game-winning shot with 27 seconds left to help carry the Tigers (5-6, 2-0 Empire 8) past the mighty Stevens Ducks (7-2, 1-1 Empire 8). The shot came after RIT lost their own 15-point lead with 2:54 remaining in the second half.

Heisig, whose previous season high in scoring was 18 points, topped that number during this game, finishing with a career-high 22. He was also a force on the boards, leading the team in rebounds with eight. He also played good defense, garnering a block and two steals. Heisig has also been a consistent scorer this season, scoring in double figures 6 out of 10 games entering the Jan. 7 match-up.

In the first half of the game, the Tigers went on a 15-2 run midway through the opening half, shooting 5-6 from the field with 3 three-pointers. The run resulted in a 23-9 lead. But that large lead didn’t last very long, as Stevens used their defensive firepower to cut the lead to four with 5:04 left. The Tigers managed to hold their own for the remainder of the period, leading 36-29 at the half.

Other notable performers for the Tigers include Nate Korinchak, a fourth year New Media Publishing major, who was second on the team in scoring and dropped a season high of 16 points. He also added six boards and two steals. RJ Kalb, a second year Electrical Engineering major, also had a decent game, scoring 10 points and grabbing four rebounds. Marcus Lowe, a third year Business Management major, was also a hot spot on the roster, adding 6 points and eight assists.

The RIT Men’s Basketball team will take on the Utica Pioneers on Jan. 14 in the Clark Gym at 8 p.m.
This is a composite of two photographs. RIT’s Leslie Havens, a second year Biomedical Engineering major, goes up for a shot in the first half of the game against Stevens on Jan. 7. Brenden Harder, a third year Mechanical Engineering major, goes for a lay up in the first half of the game against Stevens on Jan. 7.
Chris Langer
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