Jan. 22, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team lost to visiting Plymouth State, 71-68, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth had three players amass double-digit point totals in the loss. Senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) netted a team-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, with three assists. Senior forward Kyle Yeadon (Hanson, MA/Whittman-Hanson HS) scored a season-high 12 points, connecting on 2-of-4 three-pointers, with two rebounds. Junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds along with 11 points. The Corsairs shot 36.1% (26-of-72) from the field, including 25.9 % (7-of-27) from three-point range.
The Panthers were led offensively by senior guard Ryan Lambert (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy), who scored a game-high 17 points on 3-of-9 shooting, including 10-of-13 from the free-throw line. Lambert also snared a game-high 14 rebounds in the win. Junior guard Brian Chergey (Bow, NH/Bow HS) added 12 points while senior forward Tom Dowd (Portsmouth, NH/Portsmouth HS) added 10 points and five rebounds. Plymouth State shot 48.9% (23-of-47) from the floor, 37.5%(6-of-16) from behind the three-point arc, and 73.1% (19-of-26) from the free-throw line.
With 14:17 left to play in the first half, Dowd connected on a free throw, giving Plymouth State and early 8-4 lead. Over the next ten minutes, the Panthers outscored the Corsairs 14-7, taking a 22-10 lead. A 13-10 run by Plymouth State, featuring 11 points by Chergey, closed out the first half, making the score 35-20 at the break.
At the 17-minute mark of second half, the Panthers gained their largest lead, 43-22. The Corsairs executed an 19-6 run over seven minutes, fueled by six points from Yeadon, to pull within eight points, 49-41. A three-pointer by Stephens with 7:30 to play made the 57-50, but the Panthers answered with three consecutive baskets, pushing their lead back up to 63-50. Over the next three minutes, UMD orchestrated a 13-3 run, charged by two three-pointers from Yeadon, to pull within three points, 66-63, with 2:44 to play. Following two made free throws by Panther senior guard Matt Feehan(Nashua,NH/Nashua South HS), junior guard Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset/CCRI) buried a deep three-pointer to cut the Panther lead to only two points. After three more Panther free throws, Stephens made a lay-up, making it 71-68 with twenty seconds left. Lambert had a chance to put the game away but missed two free throws, keeping the Corsairs alive. On their final possession, junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/No. Cambridge HS/MA Bay CC) missed a three-pointer to tie the game, resulting in the 71-68 victory for Plymouth State.
"I wasn't pleased with our offense or our defense in the first half," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We can't expect to win being in a twenty point hole. We need to put forty minutes together. In the second half, we played with more intensity and they had a hard time with the press. That's what got us back in the game."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 7-11 and 3-4 in the Little East Conference with the loss, while Plymouth State improved to 8-8 and 3-4 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Rhode Island College in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. The Panthers will visit Keene State Tuesday evening.
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