TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth seized third place in the 2017 Tampa Bay Shootout, taking down Hampden-Sydney College behind early and accurate three-point shooting by Corsair freshman Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) on Saturday afternoon at the Tampa Preparatory School.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 78, Hampden-Sydney 70
Records: UMass Dartmouth (7-4, 1-1 LEC) | Hampden-Sydney (4-7, 1-1 ODAC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth junior Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria) notched his sixth double-double of the season on 22 points and 10 rebounds, tying Hampden-Sydney senior Hunter Kuehn (Raleigh, NC) for the game-high in scoring. Corsair senior Matthew Soule (Sutton, Mass.) played a season-high 19 minutes, dishing out four assists on the afternoon to help facilitate the offense.
The Corsairs jumped up to a double-digit lead just five minutes after tip-off, with Ashworth scoring or assisting on seven of the squad's first 17 points. The first-year guard continued to power UMass Dartmouth's offense, nailing four jumpers from downtown throughout the opening half to pad the lead. Kuehn poured in 13 first-half points to rival opposing forward Obiora's 11, as UMass Dartmouth carried a 41-28 lead going into the break.
After trading buckets at the beginning of the second stanza, Tiger guard Malik Crute (Richmond, Va.) helped chop his team's deficit down to 11, 47-36, as he got his hand in the passing lane for a steal to lead senior teammate Nick Chase (Wilmington, N.C.) ahead for the layup. The basket was part of a 7-0 Tiger run that brought Hampden-Sydney within 47-39, but a made jumper by Corsair sophomore Marquis Jones (Randolph, Mass.) sparked an 11-0 run as an answer.
With six minutes remaining, neither team could find its groove on offense as each side went scoreless for 125 seconds. The Tigers outscored the Corsairs 15-6 within the final four minutes, but the margin was ultimately too large to overcome, as UMass Dartmouth sealed a 78-70 win.
Inside the Numbers
- Ashworth's four first-half three pointers are the most threes by a Corsair in a single half since Feb. 28, 2016, when Jordan Rezendes drilled four in the opening period of the Little East Conference (LEC) Championship at Keene State.
- Obiora represented the Corsairs on the Shootout All-Tournament team.
- The two teams were nearly identical in shooting, with the Corsairs holding the minuscule advantage in field-goal percentage, 45.3 to the Tigers' 45.2.
- UMass Dartmouth capitalized on second-chance points, owning the margin 21-9, while Hampden-Sydney scored more off turnovers, 20-11.
- The Corsairs held the Tigers to just 18.8 percent shooting beyond the arc.
UMass Dartmouth next battle at Becker College on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. Later that day, Hampden-Sydney will be home to take on Virginia Wesleyan at 7 p.m.