Nov. 23, 2010
WALTHAM, MA-Tyrone Hughes stole the ball, drew a foul and made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to break a 69-69 tie and give host Brandeis a 71-69 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team in a non-conference game at Red Auerbach Arena Tuesday evening.
Junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC), whose jumper had tied the game at 69 with 26 seconds left, was called for an intentional foul after Hughes stole the ball. After Christian Yemga of the Judges missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity, junior forward Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) grabbed the rebound, and Rose's three pointer to win the game missed as time expired.
Brandeis took a 39-31 lead at halftime, but the Corsairs rallied, erasing a 47-40 with a 9-0 run that gave them a 49-47 lead with 10:08 remaining. The game remained close the rest of the way.
"We had an out of bounds play, they stole the ball, they called an intentional foul, they went to the line and went up," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We came back and Paul drove down court, and missed. We worked hard; we were down at the half and came back in the second half. We had some opportunities that we didn't capitalize on when the game was tied. It was a tough loss."
Junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley HS) and freshman forward Steve Handy (Oak Bluffs, MA/Martha's Vineyard Regional HS) led UMass Dartmouth with 13 points each, Burns had 12 and Rose had 11. Derek Retos had 18 for Brandeis, while Yemga and Vytas Kriskus each had 10.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 1-2 with the defeat, while Brandeis improved to 4-0 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Bridgewater State next Wednesday evening.