Dec. 1, 2010
BRIDGEWATER, MA-Host Bridgewater State held off a late rally and defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team, 76-67, in a non-conference game at the Adrian Tinsley Center Tuesday evening.
The teams competed on virtually even terms in the first half, which ended with Bridgewater State leading, 35-31. BSU outscored UMass Dartmouth, 15-5, to take a 64-49 lead with 5:14 remaining.
The Corsairs rallied, getting a three-pointer from senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) and lay-ups from junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS) and junior forward Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) to cut the lead to 64-56 with 4:01 remaining.
Nick Motta hit a free throw for BSU and Corey Connor made a pair, but Stephens answered with another three-pointer to make it 67-59. Another Stephens trey with 2:22 left cut the advantage to 67-62.
But the Corsairs missed their next three shots, and Motta's three-pointer with 1:18 remaining made it 70-62, BSU. The Bears added a couple of free throws, Samuel Johnson hit a lay-up and Judah Jackson added a dunk to offset lay-ups by freshman guard Emmanuel Tarwoe (Worcester, MA/Worcester North HS) and Stephens to account for the final score.
"Brandon got hot, we pressed, and we turned them over, and things started happening," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "Then the gates opened up, and they started getting easy shots at the other end. We need to be more consistent."
Stephens made 11 of 22 shots from the field, including seven of 12 from three-point range, and led all scorers with 29 points. But he was the only Corsair in double figures. Motta led the Bears with 20 points, Jackson and Johnson had 19 each, and Connor added 10. Burns and freshman forward Steve Handy (Oak Bluffs, MA/Martha's Vineyard Regional HS) each had seven rebounds for UMD. Johnson had 18 rebounds for the Bears and Jackson had 11, as BSU out rebounded the Corsairs, 47-35. UMass Dartmouth forced 21 turnovers while committing 17, but Bridgewater made 51.7 per cent of their shots from the field in the second half and shot 50 per cent for the game to 36.5 per cent for the Corsairs.
"We're a young team, we're inexperience, and we continue to work hard," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We're playing good teams, and right now, we are making too many mistakes to beat good teams. We have to be a little more disciplined, and we have to continue to work hard in practice every day."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 1-3 with the defeat, while Bridgewater State improved to 3-2 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Plymouth State Saturday in the 2010-11 Little East Conference opener for both teams.