DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Abi Akanni (Fitchburg, Mass.) poured in 20 points for the second-straight game, leading the Corsairs to an 84-66 victory over visiting Little East Conference rival Rhode Island College on Wednesday evening at the Tripp Athletic Center.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 84, Rhode Island College 66
Records: UMass Dartmouth (11-5, 5-1 LEC) | Rhode Island College (8-8, 2-4 LEC)
How it Happened
The two teams traded baskets in the early portion of the game, but UMass Dartmouth used a 24-4 run in the first half to extend what was a one-point lead. During that seven-minute stretch, six different Corsairs tickled the twine led by six points by sophomore Nick Portelance (Fairhaven, Mass.). The hosts built their advantage to 24 points with a jumper by Jon Robinson (Chatham, Mass.) and carried 20-point lead into the break.
In the second half, the Corsairs kept on the gas and would increase their margin to 31 points after a steal from Mert Sert (Istanbul, Turkey) led to a Tucker Bouchard (Kingston, Mass.) layup. The Anchormen narrowed their deficit back down to less than 20 points with five minutes remaining, led by 12 second-half points from Justin Campbell (New Haven, Conn.) but UMass Dartmouth continued to find holes in the Rhode Island College zone.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth registered a season-high 28 assists on the evening. The last time UMass Dartmouth dished out 28-plus assists was on Feb. 17, 2009 against UMass Boston.
- For the second-straight game, UMass Dartmouth tallied a new season-high in made field goals, upping its total to 37 from 35 made last Saturday.
- With a game-high 11 boards to go along with 10 points, Sert tallied his second-career double-double.
- The Corsairs shot 50 percent (37-74) from the field for the game, which they also reached in each of the two stanzas.
- Senior Chris Mendes (Somerset, Mass.) rounded out his stat line with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, a career-high nine assists and three steals on the night.
- Rhode Island College was paced by Benjamin Vezele's (Providence, R.I.) 18 points, with Campbell registering 16 and Domonique Bull (Worcester, Mass.) 14.
- The Corsairs have claimed the last three meetings with the Anchormen, and lead the all-time series 49-42.
The Corsairs will hit the road on Saturday, heading to LEC foe Keene State to meet the Owls for a 3 p.m. tip.