Nov. 22, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team used a 19-4 first half run to build a 13-point lead late in the first half and went on to defeat visiting Brandeis, 68-54, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Trailing, 16-14 with eight minutes remaining in the first half, the Corsairs got a three-pointer from senior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) to take the lead. Senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) followed with a pair of free throws, sophomore forward Eleazar Clayton (Boston, MA/East Boston HS/Monroe CC) added a layup, and sophomore guard John Genkos (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) hit a jump shot and followed that with a three-pointer to make it 26-16.
Brandeis sophomore center Youri Dascy (Fall River, MA/St. Andrew's School, RI) interrupted the run with a layup, but freshman center Alex Rodrigues (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) sandwiched a pair of baskets around a layup by the Judges' senior forward Vytas Kriskus (Kvedarna, Lithuania/Holderness School-NH) before UMD senior forward Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) punctuated the run with a three-pointer to make it 33-20 with 2:45 left in the first half. The Corsairs led at halftime, 35-22.
Greene paced UMD with 14 points, seven rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists. Rose and Clayton each had 10 points, with Clayton also grabbing seven rebounds. Dancy of the Judges scored 20 points, but he was the only Brandeis player in double figures.
"I thought we played well as a team tonight, and it was a good win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We did a pretty good job playing smart and under control. We got a big effort from Lance, he's a big presence in the middle, when someone drives, he can block shots, and he did a good job taking away things that were close to the basket. Ellie (Clayton) gave us a good effort, and Paul and (sophomore guard) Jeff (Tagger, Brockton, MA/Catholic Memorial HS/Taft HS/Clark) both did a good job running the team from the point guard position. We also defended well, and the fact that we had 17 assists showed that we played well as a team."
The Corsairs improved to 2-2 with the victory, while the Judges dropped to 2-2 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Bridgewater State next Wednesday evening. Brandeis will host Rhode Island College Sunday.