Feb. 14, 2012
BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team raced to an early 21-4 lead and went on to defeat host UMass Boston, 92-72, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Clark Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs struck quickly, sandwiching three-pointers by senior forward Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) and senior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS) around a jumper by from senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) to take a quick 10-4 lead. Greene followed with a pair of free throws, Burns hit another trey, and Greene hit a layup and it was 21-4 with 13:12 left in the first half. The Corsairs rolled to a 51-36 halftime lead and maintained their advantage in the second half.
Freshman forward Alex Rodrigues (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) led the Corsairs with 17 points, Greene had 16, Burns added 14, while sophomore guard John Genkos (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) and senior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) added 13 points apiece. Vinny DeLucia led the Beacons with 16 points, Isaac Jenkins had 15, Quadry Allen had 13 and Carl Joseph added 12. Pulver had 14 rebounds as the Corsairs outrebounded UMB, 44-30. UMass Dartmouth made 53.5 per cent of their shots from the field.
"We were up right away, and we just played well overall," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "Alex and Lance both had good games, and we did what we should have done, taking the lead right at the beginning of the game. We were much bigger than they were, and we were able to get the ball inside to our bigger guys and we were able to score easily. Everybody played well, and I'm hoping for a similar effort Saturday."
The Corsairs improved to 12-12 and 6-7 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Beacons dropped to 5-19 and 1-12 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Southern Maine in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday.
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