Jan. 24, 2012
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Five players registered double-digit point totals as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team defeated visiting UMass Boston, 89-71, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs jumped out on an early 7-2 run, but the Beacons battled back with a 6-0 run, to take a 8-7 lead with 15:23 to play in the first half. The Beacons extended their lead to 13-9 on a jumper from freshman forward Carl Joseph (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS), but a 6-2 run by UMD tied the game at 15-15. A layup from senior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) at the 9:49 mark gave UMD a 17-15 lead, which they would not give up for the remainder of the game. The Corsairs executed a 15-5 run over the next five minutes, taking a 32-20 lead. UMB tried to chip away at the deficit, but the Corsairs answered all their shots down the stretch, en route to a 43-33 score at halftime.
UMass Dartmouth continued to add to their lead, opening the second half with a 12-9 run, pushing their advantage to 57-42 with 13:04 to play. The Corsairs maintained a double-digit lead, orchestrating a 29-14 run over the next ten minutes, and a three-pointer from sophomore John Genkos (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) gave UMD its largest lead, 85-56, with 4:06 on the clock. UMass Boston outscored the Corsairs, 15-4, to close out the game as UMD secured a 89-71 victory.
"Hopefully a win like this gives us some confidence that we can play with anybody, especially with some tough league games coming up," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "(Freshman) Jake (Laga, Northampton,MA/Northampton HS) stepped up big for us off the bench and (senior guard) Colin (Burns, Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) finally got himself a good game. It was a good effort all around."
Ten players scored for UMass Dartmouth during the contest. Senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) had a team-high 17 points, shooting 7-of-14 from the field, with 11 rebounds. Burns added 16 points, on 7-of-12 shooting, while Pulver and Laga each added 12 points. Genkos chipped in with 10 points, connecting on 2-of-2 three-point attempts, and freshman center Alex Rodrigues (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds in the win. UMass Boston was led offensively by sophomore forward Dontreal Thomas (New Orleans, LA/White Castle HS) with a game-high 19 points, shooting 7-of-13 from the floor. Joseph tallied 14 points and seven rebounds, while freshman forward Brian Clarke (Miramar, FL/Everglades HS) notched 10 points and five rebounds in the loss.
The Corsairs shot 52.1% (38-of-73) from the field, including 41.2% (7-of-17) from three-point range and 54.5% (6-of-11) from the free throw line. The Beacons were 40.9% (27-of-66) from the floor, 21.4% (3-of-14) from three-point and 73.7% (14-of-19) from the free throw line. UMD out rebounded UMB, 47-33, during the game.
The Corsairs improved to 9-9 and 3-5 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Beacons dropped to 5-13 and 1-7 in the LEC with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Plymouth State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. UMass Boston will host Tufts Thursday evening.
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