PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Six Corsairs finished in double-figure scoring on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team's way to a 93-63 win over Plymouth State, earning the Corsairs their first Little East Conference (LEC) victory of the season at Foley Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 93, Plymouth State 63
Records: UMass Dartmouth (5-1, 1-0 LEC) | Plymouth State (2-3, 0-1 LEC)
How it Happened
The sides went bucket-for-bucket throughout the opening half of play, as the first 20 minutes saw four ties and four lead changes. With a minute remaining, the Corsairs gained separation on a deep 3-pointer by freshman Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) to extend the visitors' advantage to nine.
UMass Dartmouth played airtight defense on the perimeter, restricting Plymouth State to 0-of-8 shooting from deep in the first half. Sophomore guard Brandon Williams Jr. (Dorchester, Mass.) served as a sparkplug off the bench for the visiting squad, pouring in seven points to go along with five assists ahead of the intermission.
Five minutes into the second period, the Corsairs stretched their lead to 17 after junior Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria) corralled an offensive rebound and found teammate Nick Bond (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) for a wide-open 3-pointer. UMass Dartmouth maintained its advantage over the opponent throughout the last leg of the contest, outscoring the Panthers 50-30 in the paint and capitalizing off turnovers for another beyond-the-arc basket of their 16 attempts.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth shot a season-best 55.1% from the field, while holding Plymouth State to 34.6% shooting overall and just 6.3% from beyond the arc.
- The Corsairs took care of the ball on offense, committing a season-low 10 turnovers.
- The visitors swatted seven shots, setting a new season-high.
- Obiora has registered in double-figures in every game on the season, dropping a game-high 23 for his fourth-straight 20-plus point performance. He added 12 rebounds for his third double-double.
- Corsair senior Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.) recorded his third double-double of the season, draining 13 points and bringing down 11 boards.
- Williams Jr. tied his career-high of six assists, mirroring his facilitating abilities from the season-opener at Salem State on Nov. 15.
- Sophomore Cody Borges' (Dartmouth, Mass.) three 3-pointers tied his season-best, which he set on Nov. 17 vs. Elms.
UMass Dartmouth returns home for a non-conference contest versus Roger Williams University on Thursday, Dec. 7, with tip-off slated for 7 p.m.