DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Jordan Rezendes (Onset, Mass.) poured in 34 points, including 10-for-17 from the field, to power the Corsairs to a 95-68 Little East Conference victory over the University of Southern Maine this afternoon inside the Tripp Athletic Center.
UMass Dartmouth (12-9) earned its fourth straight conference win to improve to 8-2 inside the circuit, while the Huskies (4-17) fell to 1-9.
The Corsairs shot 42.1 percent (32-for-76) from the field, including 46.4 percent (13-for-28) from behind the three-point arc, as nine players cracked the scoring column. Rezendes was 4-for-7 from downtown, while converting 10 of his 11 free throw attempts to post his fourth game with at least 30 points. Senior Jake Laga (Northampton, Mass.) posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while classmate John Genkos (Worcester, Mass.) scored all 12 of his points from three-point range. Junior Wale Abraham (Lynn, Mass.) added eight points and a game-high 17 rebounds to help the hosts hold a 60-34 advantage on the glass.
UMass Dartmouth scored the opening points of the afternoon on a Genkos three-pointer as the hosts never trailed their conference rivals. Tied at 3-3, the Corsairs exploded for a 23-4 run to seize control of the contest. Robinson ignited the surge with back-to-back baskets, while Laga and Rezendes each added seven points.
UMass Dartmouth utilized a mini 6-0 run to take its largest advantage of the half, 35-12, with 5:12 remaining on the scoreboard. Rezendes capped the spurt with a lay-up as the Corsairs cruised into the halftime intermission leading 48-26.
The hosts continued to apply the offensive pressure as UMass Dartmouth drained three triples in the span of 56 seconds to balloon its advantage to 56-31. The Corsairs maintained at least a 25-point lead for the next two minutes, but the Huskies responded with a 13-1 run to trim their deficit to 17 points. Junior Cole Libby (Buxton, Mass.) bookended the surge with three-pointers, while junior Alex Fraser (Portland, Maine) contributed three points.
UMass Dartmouth countered with a 17-7 run in just under four minutes to open its largest lead of the afternoon, 31 points (87-56), with 5:46 remaining in regulation. Sophomore Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.) keyed the surge with all eight of his points, while Rezendes added five. The Corsairs never let their lead dip below 24 points the rest of the way.
Libby led Southern Maine with 19 points, on 7-for-15 from the floor, while Fraser also reached double digits with 10 points. The Corsairs limited the Huskies to 38.5 percent (25-for-65), including just 30 percent (9-for-30) over the opening 20 minutes.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, when the Corsairs travel to intrastate rival UMass Boston (10-11, 2-8).