Feb. 7, 2012
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team defeated visiting Rhode Island College, 73-68, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs took an early 10-2 lead in the opening minutes of the first half, behind five points from both senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) and senior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/No. Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC). Trailing 20-11, the Anchormen rallied with a 13-4 run, fueled by five points from sophomore guard Avery King (Pawtucket, RI/St. Raphael Academy), tying the game at 24-24 with 3:57 to play in the first half. The Corsairs closed the first half with a three-pointer from senior guard Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) and a pair of free throw from Greene, en route to a 29-28 lead at the half.
The second half featured back-and-forth play from the teams, resulting in nine lead changes and five ties. UMD jumped out to a quick 40-32 lead, behind four points from Greene, with 16:23 remaining. The Anchormen stormed back, tying the score twice before a three-pointer from sophomore guard Michael Palumbo (Providence, RI/Classical HS) and a pair of free throws from senior center Mike Akinrola (Woonsocket, RI/Woonsocket HS) gave RIC a 50-45 lead with 10:39 on the clock. With his team down, 52-51, with 8:21 to play, sophomore guard John Genkos (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) nailed a three-pointer to give UMD the lead for good at 54-52. A 13-4 run, capped off by a layup from Burns, gave the Corsairs their largest lead, 67-56, with 4:05 left in the second half. Palumbo netted eight points down the stretch for RIC, pulling the Anchormen to within three points, 69-66, but clutch free throw shooting in the final minutes secured the 73-68 victory from UMD.
"We really needed that one to get over the hump, that's a big win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We had been getting pushed around the last couple of games and we challenged the guys at practice. Tonight, they played tough."
Greene led all scorers with a game-high 22 points, on 5-of-10 shooting and 12-of-14 from the free-throw line, with a game-high 15 rebounds. Rose added 17 points, connecting on 3-of-3 three-pointers, with four assists, while Burns chipped in 11 points in the win. Rhode Island was led by Akinrola with 15 points and nine rebounds. King also scored 15 points, while Palumbo and junior guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY/Benjamin Bannaker HS) contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively. The Corsairs shot 46.9% (23-of-49) from the field, while Rhode Island College was 46.3% (25-of-54) from the floor. The Corsairs out rebounded the Anchormen, 31-29, and both squads had 24 turnovers.
The Corsairs improved to 11-11 and 5-6 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Anchormen dropped to 16-5 and 7-4 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. Rhode Island College will visit Southern Maine Saturday.
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