Feb. 22, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Host Keene State outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team in overtime, 17-9, and defeated the Corsairs, 96-88, in the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament at Spaulding Gymnasium Tuesday evening.
Rashid Wright, whose three-point play tied the game at 79-79 with 19 seconds left in regulation time, hit a layup and Derek D'Amours added a pair of free throws to give the Owls an 83-79 lead with 2:55 left in overtime. Junior forward Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) made it 83-82 when he connected on a three-point play with 2;13 remaining, but four Ryan Martin free throws sandwiched around a three-pointer by Corsair junior point guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/No. Cambridge/Mass Bay CC) made it 89-85, Owls, with 1:05 left. Wright broke free for a dunk, UMD freshman guard John Genkos (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) hit a three-pointer, and D'Amours made a layup to make it 93-88, KSC, with 37 seconds remaining.
The Corsairs led at halftime, 43-42, and the teams battled back and forth until Rose's layup tied the score at 73-73 with 4:08 remaining. Two free throws by Burns and a jump shot by freshman center Kadeem Wint (Dorchester, MA/Boston Trinity Academy) put the Corsairs ahead, 77-73, with 3:20 left. Martin's jumped with 2:19 left made it 77-75, but Burns connected on a jump shot with 1:43 left to make it 79-75. Wright was fouled with 1:28 left and made one free throw to make it 79-76, setting the stage for his tying three-point play. Senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) and Rose missed shots in the waning seconds, sending the game to overtime.
"It was a tough one to lose, we played hard and we had our chances," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "I thought we had them in regulation, they made a nice comeback, they went ahead in overtime, and we couldn't catch them. We played better than they did in regulation time, but they played better than we did in overtime. They hit a couple of shots in overtime, and we had a tough time scoring. It's an unfortunate way for the season to end."
Burns led UMass Dartmouth with 23 points, Stephens added 18, and Wint contributed 10. Wright and D'Amours each had 20 points for the Owls, Martin had 15, Steve Boudreau added 11 and Nicco DeMasco contributed 10. Stephens finished 10th on the all-time scoring list at UMD with 1639 points.
Wint and Wright each had 10 rebounds as the Corsairs outrebounded Keene State, 47-43. KSC made 54.3 per cent of their shots from the field, including five of six shots and seven of 10 free throws in overtime. UMD shot 38.6 per cent from the field, and made only three of 14 shots in the extra period.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 11-15 with the defeat, while Keene State improved to 17-7 with the victory. Keene State will face host Rhode Island College in the Little East Conference Tournament semi-finals at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening. The game was the final action of the season for UMass Dartmouth.
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