DARTMOUTH, Mass. – All five of UMass Dartmouth's starters reached double-figures, with senior Jon Robinson (Chatham, Mass.) earning Most Valuable Player honors as the Corsairs outscored Bowdoin 55-38 in the second half. The hosts gathered a 93-84 win over the Polar Bears to wrap up the 2016 Hampton Inn Classic on Saturday at the Tripp Center.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 93, Bowdoin 84
Records: UMass Dartmouth (2-1) | Bowdoin (1-1)
How it Happened
Both teams put on sharpshooting displays throughout, with Bowdoin converting on 17-of-29 chances in the first half to hold the early edge. The Corsairs jumped out to an eight-point lead over the course of the first four minutes, but Bowdoin chipped back with 11 points from its bench. David Reynolds (Raleigh, N.C.) knocked down a 3-pointer at the 7:30 mark to give the Polar Bears their first advantage of the game, which held and grew to an eight-point lead at halftime.
UMass Dartmouth's 58 percent (17-of-29) shooting in the second half then equaled Bowdoin's performance on the opening frame. The Corsairs pounded out 26 points in the paint and out-rebounded the Polar Bears 22-10 to up the physical play. Midway through the half, senior Chris Mendes (Somerset, Mass.) converted off an Atakan Akcam (Hoosac Falls, N.Y.) steal, taking the lead back for UMass Dartmouth. Mendes finished with 16 of his 18 points in the second frame, helping the Corsairs extend their lead to 10 at 2:43 and keep the Polar Bears' efforts at bay.
Inside the Numbers
- Mendes' 18 marked a career-high, making nine of his 10 free-throws and handing out seven assists to cap the evening.
- Robinson finished with 17 points, joining with Tucker Bouchard (Kingston, Mass.) as the duo each notched three buckets from beyond the arc. Bouchard totaled 16 points for his highest point total since Feb. 22, 2014.
- Sophomore Nick Portelance (Fairhaven, Mass.) recorded his first double-double of the season, dropping 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and snagging a game-high 12 rebounds to land on the All-Classic team.
- Bowdoin's Jack Simonds (Falmouth, Maine) led all scorers with 29 points, joining both Robinson and Portelance on the All-Classic team.
- UMass Dartmouth and Bowdoin each equaled 50.8 percent shooting from the field on the contest.
- Saturday marks UMass Dartmouth's first-ever victory over Bowdoin. The programs have met twice before, with the last meeting a 66-61 win for the Polar Bears in 2011.
- Wrapping up the All-Classic Team was Southern Vermont's Nate Goldsmith (Capitol Heights, Md.) and Trinity (Conn.)'s Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
UMass Dartmouth is idle until Tuesday, Nov. 29, when they travel to Brandeis for a 7 p.m. start. Bowdoin will be at the University of New England on Tuesday, tipping off at 7:30 p.m.