December 6, 2012

Curry Outraces Men's Basketball, 89-74

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Curry outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team, 30-9 in the first 8:15 minutes of the second half and went on to defeat the Corsairs, 89-74, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening.

Leading, 89-74, the Colonels went on their run after sophomore guard Mike Rotando (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ/{Point Pleasant Beach HS/Bloomfield) connected on a three-pointer to open the second half, cutting the CC lead to 43-40. Junior forward A.J. Stephens had eight points during the run, which left Curry ahead, 73-49, with 10:45 remaining.

The teams traded the lead back and forth in the first half, with junior guard John Genkos' (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) hitting a three-pointer to give the Corsairs their last lead at 31-29 with 3:02 remaining. Junior guards Carlos Ribeiro (Charlestown, MA/St. Clement HS) and Lambros Papalambros (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) hit a couple of shots to put the Colonels up, 34-31, and they never trailed again.

Junior forward Eleazar Clayton (Boston, MA/East Boston HS/Monroe CC) and Genkos each had 15 points to lead the Corsairs, freshman forward Abi Akanni (Fitchburg, MA/Fitchburg HS) had 12, while Rotando and sophomore center Alex Rodrigues (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) each scored 10. Stephens of the Colonels led all scorers with 28 points, senior forward Sedale Jones (Pittsfield, MA/Pittsfield HS) added 18, sophomore guard Antonio Jones (Boston, MA/Boston English HS) added 12, and Papalambros scored 11.

UMD made 44.1 per cent of their shots, but Curry shot 56.1 per cent from the field and was 19 of 23 from the free throw line to the Corsairs' nine of 14.

"We had five guys in double figures tonight," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We played hard, but Curry is a very good team, and we were beaten by a better team tonight."

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 0-7 with the defeat, while Curry improved to 4-4 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Plymouth State Saturday in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader. The Colonels will host Wesleyan Saturday.

 

 

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