Jan. 4, 2011
SCHENECTADY, NY-Ramapo raced to a 55-48 halftime lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team, 96-88, in the third place game at Union's Sig Makofski Classic at Union College's Viniar Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Trailing, 83-71, with 7:55 remaining, the Corsairs staged a late rally. A layup by junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley HS) and a three-pointer by senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) cut the lead to 83-76 with 6:27 remaining. After Ahmad Hassan hit a layup for the 21st-ranked Roadrunners, UMD got a pair of free throws from UMD junior guard Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) and a layup from junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) to make it 85-80, Ramapo, with 5:27 left to play.
The Corsairs were held to two points over the next 4:38, and a pair of free throws and layup by Elgin Brown sandwiched around Burns' layup, followed by a bucket by Travis Conyers gave Ramapo a 93-82 advantage with 59 seconds remaining. A three-point play and a subsequent three-pointer by Stephens made it 93-88 with 21 seconds left, but UMD could come no closer, and three Roadrunner free throws in the waning moments accounted for the rest of the scoring.
Ramapo jumped out to a 12-point advantage in the first half, leading, 27-15 with 9:09 to play. But the Corsairs fought back, getting threes from Stephens and Burns and a layup from Pulver to make it 27-23 less than a minute later. The game remained close until halftime, with the Roadrunners getting a late layup from Conyers and a pair of free throws from Will Conyers to take a seven-point lead into the locker room at halftime.
Stephens made 11 of 24 shots from the field, including eight of 18 shots from three-point range, and led all scorers with a season-high 32 points. Burns added 19 points for the Corsairs, Klepadlo contributed 12, and Pulver added 11. Brown led Ramapo with 24 points; Conyers added 18, Sanborn had 17 and Ahmad Hassan had 13 for the Roadrunners. Pulver led UMD with 11 rebounds, while Stephon Treadwell had nine for Ramapo, which outrebounded UMass Dartmouth, 44-34. The Corsairs were 14 of 40 from the three-point line to the Roadrunners four for 12, but Ramapo made 26 of 30 shots from the free throw line, compared to eight of 15 for UMD.
"I'm disappointed that we lost, but I'm encouraged that we worked hard," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "They were a big, strong, quick team, and we had to slow them down, so we played a zone for the first time this year. We fouled them a lot because we had a hard time blocking them out, and they went to the line and made their free throws. They have a very good team, but this was a winnable game. We didn't shoot well from the free throw line, and we have to do a better job with the basketball. We played hard tonight, but, unfortunately, we came up short."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 4-7 with the defeat, while Ramapo improved to 10-3 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Southern Maine in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. The Roadrunners will host Vassar Friday
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