Nov. 30, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team defeated visiting Bridgewater State, 72-65, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Wednesday evening.
UMass Dartmouth raced out to an early 7-0 lead, behind five points from senior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional), with 17:41 to play in the first half. An 8-0 run in under three minutes by the Bears gave them their lone lead of the game, 8-7, with 14:54 on the clock. UMD executed a 13-2 run over the next seven minutes, featuring four points a piece from senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) and freshman forward Eleazar Clayton (Boston, MA/East Boston HS/Monroe CC), gaining a lead that they never relinquished. At the 1:32 mark, senior guard Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset/CCRI) connected on back-to-back three-pointers, maintaining a 30-19 lead for UMD. The Corsairs remained ahead, 33-24, going into halftime.
The Corsairs opened the second half with a 12-7 run, and a layup from Burns gave UMD their largest lead of the game, 48-31, with 13:16 to play. Over the next ten minutes, Bridgewater State orchestrated a 25-13 advatage, fueled by six points from both freshman forward Michael Lofton (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS) and senior guard Corey Ryser (Tewksbury, MA/Malden Catholic HS), to pull back to within five points, 61-56. After Bears senior center Max Dolgin (Randolph, MA/Randolph HS) converted a three-point play, junior guard Anthony Fortes (Providence, RI/Proctor Academy) made a layup on their next possession, bringing the Bears to within two points, 63-61, with 1:47 to play. UMD senior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/No. Cambridge Catholic/Mass Bay CC) buried a three-pointer, and Burns and sophomore guard Jeff Tagger (Brockton, MA/Catholic Memorial/Clark) converted four consecutive free throws as the Corsairs closed the game on a 7-0 run, en route to the 72-65 victory.
Greene led UMD offensively with a team-high 19 points, a game-high 16 rebounds, and four assists. Clayton added 12 points with nine rebounds, while Burns chipped in 13 points with four assists. UMD shot 37.3% (25-of-67) from the field and 60% (15-of-25) from the free throw line. Ryser paced BSU with a game-high 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Fortes scored 10 points with 10 rebounds in the loss. The Bears were 38.6% (22-of-57) from the floor, including 42.9% (6-of-14) from three-point range.
"We were lucky to escape with a victory," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of positives to take from this game. We shot the ball poorly from the field and the foul line and we couldn't take advantage of the mismatches."
The Corsairs improved to 3-2 with the victory, while the Bears dropped to 2-3 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Keene State in the Little East Conference opener for both teams this Saturday. Bridgewater will host Wheaton Saturday.