WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Despite a career-high 14 points by Corsair freshman Nick Bond (Oak Bluffs, Mass.), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth could not contain Little East Conference rival Eastern Connecticut's offense, falling by a score of 101-74 at the Geissler Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Score: Eastern Connecticut 101, UMass Dartmouth 77
Records Eastern Connecticut (12-2, 4-0 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (9-5, 2-2 LEC)
How it Happened
Eastern Connecticut senior Kendall Marquez (Willimantic, Conn.) led the way for the hosts, sinking a game-high 20 points on the evening. Junior Leonel Hyatt (Greenwich, Conn.) also aided the squad's victorious effort, registering a double-double on 10 points and 11 boards.
UMass Dartmouth was paced by 14 points each via freshman Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) and Bond. Forward Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria) came up just a rebound short of a double-double, scoring 11 and grabbing nine boards.
The Corsair trio of junior Brandon Williams Jr. (Dorchester, Mass.), Ashworth and Bond put on a 3-point shooting clinic throughout the first half, as they combined for a perfect 8-for-8 from the perimeter. Each guard knocked down shots to interrupt multiple Warrior runs, one of which included nine unanswered points that was powered by three consecutive buckets by Marquez.
Three minutes into the second stanza, the Eastern Connecticut offense erupted for a 14-0 run, extending their lead, 67-44. The scoring streak was initiated by a four-point play by freshman Cory Muckle (Westbrook, Conn.), who drilled the long-range jumper through the contact. Senior Tarchee Brown (Rockville, Conn.) put the cap on the run, successfully converting on a conventional three-point play.
After visiting junior Atakan Akcam (Ankara, Turkey) knocked down a shot to get the Corsairs back on track, sophomore Marquis Jones (Randolph, Mass.) immediately followed up with five points of his own, narrowing the margin to 72-51. Turnovers ultimately beleaguered the Corsairs in their effort to mount a comeback, as the Warriors netted 29 points off of 20 UMass Dartmouth giveaways.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth outshot Eastern Connecticut from three-point range, 52.2% to 47.6%, but the hosts shot better from the field overall, 55.2% to 43.8%.
- Williams Jr. drilled a career-best three shots from beyond the arc.
- In addition to his career-high 14 points, Bond hit a personal-best five field goals.
The Corsairs will remain on the road to continue LEC play, travelling to Keene State on Saturday, Jan. 13, for a 3 p.m. tip-off.