BALTIMORE, Md. — Sophomore Robert Smith/Hampton scored 18 points but NJCAA Division II preseason No. 2 Richard Bland College dropped an 83-73 non-region men’s basketball decision to NJCAA Division I Monroe (N.Y.) College on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, Maryland. Freshman Ryan Jones/Smithfield added nine points for the nationally-ranked Statesmen (5-2) against the Mustangs (3-1) at the Legends Classic hosted by Baltimore City Community College. Richard Bland remains away from home to play its first Region 10 contest this season at Vance-Granville (N.C.) Community College on Monday night, November 20, at 7 p.m. in Henderson, North Carolina.
Richard Bland trailed Monroe at halftime, 41-35, as Smith scored 14 first-half points. Unfortunately, the Mustangs outscored the Statesmen 42-38 during the second half for the neutral-site win. Jones scored all nine of his points during the final 20 minutes.
Smith led Richard Bland with his 18 points, adding four rebounds. Jones added nine points and four rebounds, as well. Freshman Marvin Trotman/Virginia Beach finished with eight points, and sophomore Deon Joyner/North Charleston, South Carolina had seven points. Sophomore Stanley Taylor/Petersburg added six points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Tyrell Mendenhall/Newberry, South Carolina contributed six points and five rebounds.
Following the Region 10 opener on the road at Vance-Granville, Richard Bland will return home to welcome Region 10 opponent Pitt (N.C.) Community College on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in Statesman Hall.
Director of Athletics Communications & Marketing
Richard Bland College