NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA–Host Keene State used a 19-9 run at the end of the first half to build a 38-22 halftime advantage and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team, 89-60, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Spaulding Gymnasium Saturday.
After the Owls jumped out on top, the Corsairs got a layup from freshman forward Abi Akanni (Fitchburg, MA/Fitchburg HS) to cut the lead to 19-13 with 11:32 left in the first half, but the Owls steadily pulled away until the halftime intermission. Keene State pulled away in the second half to account for the final margin.
Sophomore guard Mike Rotando (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ/Point Pleasant Beach HS/Bloomfield) led UMass Dartmouth with 16 points, while freshman forward Wale Abraham (Lynn, MA/Lynn Classical HS) contributed 12.
Anthony Mariano came off the bench to score 25 points for the Owls and lead all scorers; Eric Fazio added 15, Ryan Martin had 14 and Montel Walcott contributed 10.
"We didn't make enough shots, we struggled offensively and defensively, and we needed to do a better job on both ends of the floor," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We committed too many turnovers, and they had a lot of fast break layups, and a lot of easy shots at the beginning of the game. We're still young and inexperienced."
UMass Dartmouth fell to 2-13 and 0-7 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Keene State improved to 10-6 and 5-2 in the LEC with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit UMass Boston Tuesday evening in the second half of a Little East Conference doubleheader. The Owls will host Eastern Connecticut State Saturday.