Nov. 24, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team built a seven-point halftime lead and went on to defeat visiting Brandeis, 92-82, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs, who built a 35-11 lead with 8:17 left in the first half before the Judges rallied to cut it to 43-40 with 49 seconds remaining, sandwiched three-pointers by junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) and senior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS/UMass Lowell) around a pair of free throws by BU senior guard Kenny Small (Stratford, CT) and too a 49-42 lead at halftime.
UMass Dartmouth got a three-pointer from senior forward Matt Walker (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) and another trey and a layup from senior guard Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) to take a 57-42 lead at the start of the second half. Another three-pointer by Walker made it 68-55 with 11:18 left, before Brandeis scored the next 10 points. A pair of layups by senior forward Terrell Hollins (Springfield, MA) made it 68-65 with 8:08 to play.
"We started off very well, hopefully we can keep on going and get some more wins," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "Brandeis is a good team that is very athletic and has good quickness, and Kenny Small is a real good player. We had a good start and a nice little run at the start of the second half, and then we let them get back in it. Brandon Shelton was in the game down the stretch and he held onto the ball, let them foul him and made his free throws. As he gets healthier, we get better."
Shelton led the Corsairs with 22 points; Stephens added 21, Walker had 17 and sophomore center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) contributed 10. Small led all scorers with 36 points, while Hollins and senior guard Andre Roberson (Springfield, MA) each had 10. Shelton grabbed 11 rebounds, and Roberson had six, but Brandeis out rebounded UMD, 31-29. The Corsairs committed 24 turnovers, but made 56.6 per cent of their shots from the field to 46.6 per cent for BU. UMD was 13 of 25 from three-point range to the Judges' four of 15.
The Corsairs improved to 3-1 with the victory, while the Judges dropped to 2-1 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Bridgewater State December 2nd. Brandeis will host Vassar Sunday.