Jan. 20, 2011
PROVIDENCE, RI-Junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS) connected on a layup at the buzzer to lift the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team to a 100-99 overtime victory over host Johnson & Wales in a non-conference game at the Harborside Recreation and Athletic Center Thursday evening.
The Corsairs trailed, 99-98 when junior Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) took the ball out under the JWU basket with 2.5 seconds remaining. Burns fired a perfect pass to Klepadlo just past the foul line in front court, and Klepadlo drove and laid the ball in off the backboard to give the Corsairs the win as time expired.
Darren Faust had given the Wildcats a 99-98 advantage when he hit two free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining. The Corsairs overcame a late 97-94 deficit when junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) hit a jumper with 1:00 remaining and senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) made two free throws with 11 seconds to play.
UMD led most of the way, and took an 88-85 lead on Stephens' layup with three seconds left in regulation time. But Lamonte Thomas' three-point shot from half court just before the buzzer tied the game for the Wildcats, and sent it into overtime.
"It was a wild game, and a nice finish," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "Colin threw the ball in to Alex, he went up, got the ball, drove and laid it in. We had to go the length of the court. We led the whole time, and they came back in the last few minutes of regulation. Thomas had his back to the basket, and he hooked it from between the corner of half court and the sideline, and it hit the backboard and went in. It was the craziest shot you've ever seen. It was good to come back and win. Brandon shot the ball well, and they played a small, quick lineup, and we were able to lob the ball inside to Justin Pulver. Hopefully, this carries over, and we continue to play well down the stretch."
Stephens had 29 points for UMD, Pulver added 20, Burns had 15 and junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) had 11. Thomas had 35 for JWU, Faust added 28 and Calvin Jones had 10. Pulver had 16 rebounds for a double double as UMD out rebounded JWU, 52-34.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 7-10 with the victory, while Johnson & Wales dropped to 8-6 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Plymouth State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. The Wildcats will host Emmanuel Saturday.
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