Feb. 16, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Rhode Island College built a 47-37 halftime lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team, 92-78, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Anchormen made 59.3 per cent of their shots from the field in the first half , and ended up shooting 50 per cent from the field for the game.
The Corsairs grabbed an early 9-2 lead, but RIC used a 10-2 run to erase the deficit and take a 12-11 advantage. The Anchormen steadily built their advantage to 10 points, and maintained it for the remainder of the first half.
An 11-8 run at the start of the second half allowed UMass Dartmouth to cut the lead to seven points at 55-48. But they could get no closer, and Rhode Island College led by as many as 18 points in the second half before the Corsairs staged a late rally that fell short.
Junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) led UMass Dartmouth with 24 points, sophomore center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) added 18, sophomore guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridghe Catholic HS/Massachusetts Bay CC) contributed 13, and senior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS/UMass Lowell) added 10. Senior guard Jake Grimes (Providence, RI/St. Raphael) of RIC led all scorers with 26 points, junior guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI/St.Raphael) had 14, junior forward Carl Lee (Warwick, RI/Toll Gate) had 11, and junior forward Darius Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Minuteman HS) had 10. Greene had 10 rebounds, while Grimes had eight for the Anchormen, who out rebounded the Corsairs, 38-34.
"They played better than we did, and they deserved to win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "Grimes playhed a heck of a game, he drove by us and was much quicker to the rim. I have to give our team credit, they played hard, they never quity, and the effort was there. They fought hard to try to get back into it. In the end, their quickness and their rebounding hurt us."
The Corsairs dropped to 16-8 and 8-5 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Anchormen improved to 17-7 and 11-2 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Keene State Saturday in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader. RIC will host Plymouth State Saturday.