BRISTOL, R.I. – After a back-and-forth first half, Roger Williams shot lights out for 34-of-56 (66 percent) from the field in the final 20 minutes to pull away from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 97-82 on Thursday evening, snapping the Corsairs' three-game win streak.
Score: Roger Williams 97, UMass Dartmouth 82
Records: Roger Williams (7-2) | UMass Dartmouth (5-3)
How it Happened
Both teams traded baskets until Roger Williams slowly pulled away half way through the opening frame, as the Hawks extended a two-point lead with an 11-3 run. The hosts converted 10 points off UMass Dartmouth turnovers on the stanza with 11 on the fast break to carry an eight-point lead into halftime.
UMass Dartmouth would come out of the intermission to cut the Hawks lead down to three, when Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.) capped off a 6-0 run with a pair of free throws. Roger Williams then quickly pushed the lead back up to double-digits, before Arinze Obiora (Hyde Park, Mass.) converted on a layup to bring the Corsairs within four with 10 minutes remaining. From that point on, Roger Williams caught fire scoring by scoring 26 points on 15 shots. At the charity stripe, the Hawks buried 13-of-14 free throws and all six in the final minute to seal the game.
Inside the Numbers
- Sophomore Nick Portelance (Fairhaven, Mass.) led three Corsairs with double-digits in the scoring column at a season-high 20 points.
- The Corsairs dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 22 boards on their own end compared to Roger Williams' three. UMass Dartmouth converted on their second chances, scoring 19 points, but the Hawks finished with 23 fast-break points.
- Freshman Mert Sert (Hoosac Falls, N.Y.) and Portelance cleaned the glass, as both underclassmen pulled down a game-high eight boards.
- For the third time on the season, senior Chris Mendes (Somerset, Mass.) dealt out seven assists to match his career-high.
- UMass Dartmouth dialed up the long ball, connecting on 43.5 percent (10-23) from long range for a season-high, but Roger Williams 34 field goals and 23 free throws were too much.
- After the Corsairs claimed 19-straight against the Hawks over a span of 33 years, Roger Williams has now won the past two meetings with UMass Dartmouth. The last contest was a 67-61 victory for RWU on Nov. 29, 2014.
UMass Dartmouth stay on the road on Saturday, traveling to Plymouth State for a Little East Conference matchup, with tip scheduled for 3 p.m.