BOSTON – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior John Genkos (Worcester, Mass.) scored 24 points, including seven three-pointers, but the University of Massachusetts Boston utilized a 14-2 run late in the second half to erase a seven-point deficit en route to a 79-75 Little East Conference victory this evening inside the Clark Athletic Center.
The Corsairs (12-10, 8-3 LEC) shot 40.3 percent (27-for-67) field, 42.3 percent (11-for-26) from the three-point arc, but 58.8 percent (10-for-17) from the foul line. Genkos registered 16 of his 24 points, including five triples, in the second half to lead four players in double digits. Junior Jordan Rezendes (Onset, Mass.) netted 22 points, on 7-for-16 from the floor, while classmate Wale Abraham (Lynn, Mass.) posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Jake Laga (Northampton, Mass.) poured in 13 points.
Junior Karl Agenor (Dorchester, Mass.) turned in a moster double-double with 18 points and 19 rebounds to power the Beacons (11-11, 3-8). Senior Luc Ulysse (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also recorded 18 points, while senior Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) registered 16 points and four rebounds. Junior Omar Benabicha (Saugus, Mass.) rounded out the hosts' contingent in double figures with 11 points. UMass Boston held a 43-33 advantage on the glass.
Trailing 31-30 at the break, Rezendes opened the second stanza with a triple to regain the visitors advantage. Both teams exchanged baskets for the next three minutes until Genkos sank a triple to push UMass Dartmouth ahead 44-41. UMass Boston converted two attempts from the foul line, but Genkos answered with another trifecta. Abraham scored the next six Corsair points to extend their lead to 53-46.
UMass Dartmouth maintained its seven-point advantage for the subsequent four minutes until the Beacons embarked on their decisive run. UMass Boston used an 8-0 run, including four points from Ulysse, to give the hosts' its first advantage in the past 13 minutes. Rezendes briefly stemmed the tide with a lay-up, but Agenor sparked a 6-0 surge with four consecutive points. Joseph capped the 14-2 run with a lay-up to give the hosts a 70-65 lead with 3:08 remaining in regulation.
Trailing 77-70, the Corsairs stormed back with a 5-1 surge, capped by a Genkos three-pointer, in just 24 seconds to whittle their deficit to one possession and force a UMass Boston timeout. UMass Dartmouth caused a turnover on the in-bound pass, but missed two attempts, including the potential game-tying triple, to thwart the comeback bid.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, when the Corsairs host Little East Conference frontrunner Eastern Connecticut State University (17-4, 9-1 LEC).