Nov. 18, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team defeated visiting Mount Saint Vincent, 85-74, in the first round of the Hampton Inn Classic at the Tripp Athletic Center Friday evening.
Senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) led the Corsairs offensively, registering a double-double on the night with16 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, along with two blocks and two assists. Greene was 5-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Senior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS) netted a team-high 17 points, with 4 rebounds and two assists. Freshman guard Jake Laga (Northampton, MA/Northampton HS) added 11 points, while sophomore guard Jeff Tagger (Brockton, MA/Catholic Memorial HS/Clark) scored eight points with seven rebounds and four assists. The Corsairs shot 40% (28-of-70) from the floor, including 48.1% (13-of-27) from three-point range.
The Dolphins had four players amass double digit point totals during the game. Senior guard Jon Moore (Cleveland, Ohio/Collingwood HS) scored a game-high 18 points, shooting 7-of-21 from the floor and 4-of-12 from behind the three-point arc. Senior forward Cody Gauvard (Rockaway, NY/St. Edmund's HS) collected a team-high seven rebounds with 15 points. Junior guard Shaquille Cunningham (Brooklyn, NY/Nazareth Regional HS) added 12 points and six rebounds, while freshman guard D'Andre McPhatter (Bronx, NY/Sacred Heart HS) chipped in 10 points in the loss.
Both teams battled back-and-forth to open the game. Tied 14-14 with 13:24 to play in the first half, UMD executed a 15-6 run over a five minute stretch, powered by eight points from sophomore guard John Genkos (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS). A three-pointer from Klepadlo at the 3:16 mark gave the Corsairs their largest lead of the half, 40-27. The Dolphins cut into the Corsair lead with clutch free throws late, outscoring UMD 10-5 to close the first half with the score 45-37 in favor of UMD.
Mount Saint Vincent's opened the second half of play with seven points, quickly making it a one-point game, 45-44, with 18:21 remaining. The Corsairs pulled away again, going on a 13-4 run over three minutes, fueled by eight points from Greene. The teams exchanged baskets over the next seven minutes, and with 8:42 to play, the Corsairs maintained a 10-point lead, 71-61. The Dolphins pulled to within five points twice in the final minutes of play, but clutch free throw shooting down the stretch secured the 85-74 victory for UMass Dartmouth.
"We're not there yet as a group. We are a work in progress and still trying to mix in some guys," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "I'm happy to get the win. It's a good thing when you can come away with a win having a sub-par performance."
The Corsairs improved to 1-1 with the victory, while the Dolphins dropped to 0-1 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth/ will play Bowdoin for the championship Saturday afternoon. Mount Saint Vincent will play Maine Farmington for third place.