DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Four Corsairs scored in double figures on Thursday evening as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team won its third-straight, downing visiting Bridgewater State 85-65 at the Tripp Athletic Center.
Senior Jordan Rezendes (Onset, Mass.) again led UMass Dartmouth in the scoring column, producing 29 points including seven 3-pointers while dishing out a game-high six assists. Freshman Atakan Akcam (Hoosac Falls, N.Y.) grabbed a game- and season-high 11 rebounds.
The Bears registered the first bucket of the contest for their only lead of the evening, unable to stop UMass Dartmouth early. The Corsairs used a 19-0 run from the 16-minute to 11-minute marks to take a 22-point lead, which held throughout the stanza. At half, UMass Dartmouth held a 48-26 advantage as Rezendes totaled 21 of his points.
Bridgewater State was able to muster more production in the second half, improving on the 10-of-28 performance from the floor in the first and ultimately outscoring the Corsairs on the half. The Bears entered from the break gunning, outscoring UMass Dartmouth 14-6 in the first five minutes. Junior Fawaz Mass (Taunton, Mass.) generated a bucket with four free throws during the span.
A total Corsair team effort was able to keep the Bears at bay for the rest of the half, with UMass Dartmouth able to keep the lead at 19-plus points from the 13:18 mark on. Every Corsair player saw minutes in the contest, while junior Abi Akanni (Fitchburg, Mass.) paced the squad in the half with all of his 11 points.
Bridgewater State's Joseph Carty (Natick, Mass.) led the Bear roster on the game, registering 15 points and eight rebounds. Mass finished with 13 points, while freshman Ryan Carney (Easton, Mass.) also contributed 13.
Also securing double-digit point marks for UMass Dartmouth were junior Jon Robinson (Chatham, Mass.) with 13 points, while classmate Jahleel Moise (Brockton, Mass.) scored 10 while contributing five assists. As a unit, the Corsairs shot 32-of-69 (46 percent) from the field, making 10-of-22 attempts from long range (45 percent).
UMass Dartmouth returns to Little East Conference play on Saturday, traveling to meet unbeaten Keene State at 3 p.m. Bridgewater State will also be in action Saturday as they host Wheaton at 1 p.m.