Men's Basketball Drops Opener in Florida
Jan. 3, 2012
LAKE WALES, FL-The top-ranked National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II men's basketball team had a little too much for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in their non-conference game at the Turner Athletic Center on the campus of Warner University Tuesday evening.
Northwood used a 26-9 first half run to build a 54-30 halftime lead and went on to defeat the Corsairs, 96-72.
The Corsairs trailed early, 12-10, but the Seahawks then outscored them, 28-9, to take a 38-19 advantage with 6:49 left in the first half. Northwood made 20 of 34 shots in the first half for 59 per cent, while UMD made 12 of 27 for 44 per cent, and outrebounded the Corsairs, 18-13.
"They were the best team we've played all year, but we didn't play well in the first half, and I was disappointed," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "If we had played the first half like we did the second half, it would have been a ball game. They're a very good team, and they're not ranked number one for nothing. They have three 6-8 guys who are tall and can shoot threes, and one of their guards is an All-American."
For the Corsairs, senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) had 15 points and 7 rebounds in the first half and finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Alex Klepadlo(Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS) added 10 points for UMass Dartmouth. Jonathan Dunn had 22 points for Northwood, while Masse Doumbe added 18.
The Corsairs dropped to 7-4 with the defeat, while the Seahawks improved to 12-1 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Warner Wednesday evening.