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A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college level (Editor's note: all stats are current through Sunday, February 12):
A five-game winning streak has Fairfield in the thick of MAAC race with the play of Pawtucket native Rakim Sanders representing a major reason why. Sanders led the Stags with 13 points in Sundayâ€™s 68-51 win against Loyola University while logging a team-best 37 minutes.
Sanders has failed to crack double figures in points in just three of Fairfieldâ€™s 26 games to date while scoring 20 or more points on eight occasions. He tops the Stags (15-10, 10-4 MAAC) in scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.2) while making 51 percent of his shots from the floor. Fairfield has an excellent chance of extending its streak to six victories when it hosts 5-21 St. Peterâ€™s on Wednesday night.
Woonsocketâ€™s Tyrone Nared continues to receive major minutes off the bench for Oregon, presently in a three-way tie in the Pac-12 Conference with a record of 9-4. Nared hasnâ€™t scored a point in four of the Ducksâ€™ last five games, the lone exception a five-point, two-rebound effort in last Thursdayâ€™s 25-point win against Washington. On the year heâ€™s producing nearly four points and four rebounds in 18 minutes. The Ducks travel to first-place California (10-3) Thursday.
Mike Akinrola keeps on producing at a high level in his senior season at Rhode Island College, the Woonsocket native topping head coach Bob Walshâ€™s Anchormen in points (18.4) and rebounding (7.0). Last Saturday saw Akinrola collect 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting with eight rebounds in a 77-65 win at Southern Maine.
Also on this seasonâ€™s RIC team is Avery King, a Pawtucket native who ranks fourth in scoring (5.6 ppg) while averaging 12 minutes of playing time. King is a sophomore.
Cumberlandâ€™s Brian Hanuschak is in his senior season at The College of St. Rose, ranking second on the Golden Knights in scoring (11 points) and first in rebounding (6.3). A communications major, Hanuschak has hit 61 percent of his shots.
Roger Livramento, a graduate of Central Falls High School, is averaging a double-double in his sophomore season at CCRI. The 6-foot-6 forward is contributing 10 points and just under 11 rebounds in 25 games.
This past Saturday at the Ryan Center pitted Rhode Island native against Rhode Island native as Pawtucketâ€™s Brittany Wilson was part of a La Salle University squad that defeated URI, 49-45, of which North Smithfieldâ€™s Corinne Coia figures prominently on. Coia got the start for a Rhody Rams outfit thatâ€™s now 1-24, registering 13 points and five points in 25 minutes.
Wilson is a redshirt junior for the Explorers. She sat out the 2010-11 season after transferring from Northeastern. In 2011-12, Wilson is first on La Salle in scoring (13.8 points) with her average up to 15.4 points during Atlantic 10 play.