Men's Basketball Falls 87-59 At Brandeis

Freshman forward Alex Rodrigues
Freshman forward Alex Rodrigues

WALTHAM, MA-The UMass Dartmouth men's basketball team dropped their third straight contest as they fell 87-59 to host Brandeis in a non-conference game at the Gosman Athletic Center Tuesday evening.

The Corsairs got off to a slow start as they missed nine of their first 11 shots. The Judges capitalized and jumped out to a 20-8 lead through the first seven plus minutes of play. UMass Dartmouth was able to cut the lead to single digits with 10:30 remaining in the opening half when sophomore guard Mike Rotando (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ/PPB HS) made one of two free throws to make it 23-14.

The Corsairs fought hard and cut the lead to 46-32 heading into the halftime break when junior guard John Genkos (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) knocked down a trey with eight ticks remaining.

The Judges continued their hot shooting in the second half, while the Corsairs shot just 3 per cent (8-24) from the field.

Offensively, the Corsairs were led by Genkos who scored a game-high 20 points on four of six shooting from beyond the arc. Sophomore center Alex Rodrigues (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) continued his strong play and was the only other UMD player in double figures scoring 14 points and grabbing five boards.

"Brandeis is a good team, and they played well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "They shot the ball well, and we didn't have a good shooting night. We have a young team, and, hopefully, we can use this game as a learning experience and continue to try to improve before we begin conference play."

Offensively, the Judges had three players in double figures and all five starters scored at least eight points. The balanced attack led them to victory as they shot 52 per cent from the field compared to just 35 per cent by the Corsairs.

UMass Dartmouth fell to 0-3 with the defeat, while Brandeis improved to 1-1 with the victory. UMass/Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Bridgewater State next Tuesday evening. Brandeis will play Tufts in the Big Four Tournament Saturday.