Men's Basketball Trounces Worcester State, 108-69

Men's Basketball Trounces Worcester State, 108-69

WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Jordan Rezendes (Onset, Mass.) registered 48 points, the second-highest point mark on his career, on Tuesday evening as the UMass Dartmouth men's basketball team picked up a commanding non-conference win over Worcester State, 108-69, at Assumption College's Laska Gymnasium.

As a team, UMD (4-2 overall) connected on 42 of their 76 tries from the floor for a season-high 55 percent from the field. With 15 3-pointers, the squad recorded the third-most in a single game in program history, one off the single-game record (16). That total was achieved by UMD last season against UMass Boston and against Salem State in 1993.

The Corsairs last scored 108 points on Feb. 17, 2009 against UMass Boston.

Rezendes' total, which he achieved on 17-of-26 shooting (65 percent) including 10 3-pointers, is the second-highest in his two-year career as a Corsair. He previously recorded 51 points last season at the Tripp Athletic Center against Keene State on Feb. 21. With the 10 made buckets from long range, Rezendes set a new school record for made three-pointers in a single game, surpassing the previous record of 9 set by Devon Maiorano in 2006.

Rezendes also paced UMass Dartmouth with eight boards. Three additional Corsairs hit double-digit points, with junior Jon Robinson (Chatham, Mass.) connecting for a season-high 18 points. Classmate Abi Akanni (Fitchburg, Mass.) scored 13 with six rebounds and six assists, with freshman Nick Portelance (Fairhaven, Mass.) adding 10 points and seven boards.

UMass Dartmouth led from beginning to end, despite Worcester State keeping the game within reach to start the contest. The Lancers were down by only seven until the 3:15 mark of the first stanza, until Rezendes rattled of eight-straight points for UMD to begin a 17-7 Corsair run to close the half.

The Corsairs entered the break with a 56-39 lead, with Robinson scoring 16 of his 18 and both of his buckets from long range. As a unit, UMD registered 22-of-36 shooting (61 percent) with 6-of-8 made from 3-point land.

Rezendes then went off in the second half, scoring 30 points to add to his 18 in the first. In the first four minutes alone, the senior scored 14 of his squad's 20 points, with four of his seven second-half three pointers. The Lancers had no answer, as he finished the half making 11 of his 15 field goal attempts in 13 minutes on the court.

Junior Ryan DiBernardo (Springfield, Mass.) paced Worcester State with 14 points, while Jamal Mustapha (Worcester, Mass.), Paul Brooks (Arlington, Mass.) and Bilal Shakir (Worcester, Mass.) each registered 12 points.

UMass Dartmouth will look to extend its two-game win streak at home on Thursday against Bridgewater State at 7 p.m.