Jan. 15, 2011
KEENE, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team defeated host Keene State, 106-100, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Spaulding Gym Saturday.
Four Corsairs amassed double-digit point totals in the high-powered contest. Junior forward Colin Burns (Cheapachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) scored a game-high 28 points, shooting 8-of-15 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the free throw line. Senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) and freshman guard Jon Pavao (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) each scored 15 points while junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) added 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Freshman center Kadeem Wint (Dorchester, MA/Boston Trinity Academy) contributed nine points and nine rebounds off the bench. UMD shot 45.8% (33-of-72) from the field and 45.5% (15-of-33) from three-point range.
Owls sophomore guard Ryan Martin led Keene State with a team-high 23 points, including 12-of-12 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Anthony Mariano tallied 22 points while junior forward Derek D'Amours added 19 points in the loss. Sophomore forward Nicco DeMasco grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds with seven points. KSU shot 50% (31-of-62) from the floor, including 39.1% (9-of-23) from behind the three-point arc.
"It was a run and gun game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "Everybody contributed, the guys who came off the bench played well. Jon Pavao contributed in terms of scoring, John Genkos hit a couple big shots, and Kadeem and Justin both did a good job inside. Today was a total team effort and everybody played well."
UMass Dartmouth jumped out to an early 7-2 lead with 18:33 left in the first half. The Corsairs maintained their lead and a three-pointer by freshmen guard John Genkos (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) made it 24-18. Over the next six minutes, Pavao scored nine consecutive points, increasing the UMD lead to 33-21 with 6:09 on the clock. Both teams exchanged baskets over the final minutes of the half, and the Corsairs entered the half with a 51-37 lead.
Both teams combined for 108 points in a high scoring second half of play. The Corsairs offense continued their momentum into the half and a layup by Colin Burns with 15:54 left gave UMD their biggest lead of 23 points, 67-44. UMass Dartmouth maintained their double digit lead, but a 34-20 run by Keene State slowly chipped away at the lead over the next 10 minutes. A layup by D'Amours made it 95-89 with 1:55 to play but the Corsairs made clutch free throws down the stretch, securing the 106-100 victory.
"We started the game with a lot of energy and emotion, and that's what we were lacking the last two games. I was a total turnaround, he had a 20-point lead in the second half and they came back. We really worked hard. It's a big win for us to come up here and win on the road."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 6-9 and 3-2 in the Little East Conference with the win, while Keene State fell to 10-4 and 3-2 in LEC play in the loss. The Corsairs will return to action when they host UMass Boston in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. The Owls will host Eastern Connecticut State Tuesday.
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