Dec. 8, 2009
WORCESTER, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team outscored host Worcester State in the second half, 46-31, and went on to defeat the Lancers, 90-78, in a non-conference game at the Worcester State Gym Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs turned the game around at the start of the second half, using a 24-6 run at the beginning of the half to take a 68-53 lead with 12:28 remaining. Sophomore center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) keyed the run with three consecutive lay-ups that put UMass Dartmouth ahead for good, and senior forward Matt Walker (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) connected on a pair of three-point field goals that helped the Corsairs extend their advantage.
"We played a lot smarter in the second half," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "In the first half, they were breaking our press, getting fast breaks and uncontested shots. In the second half, we did a better job of trapping and sprinting back on defense, we turned them over more, and they missed some shots because we did a better job of contesting them. Our defense in both the back court and the front court were better."
Greene led UMass Dartmouth with 22 points, Walker added 17, junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) scored 12, and senior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS/UMass Lowell) added 11. Maurice Horton led WSC with 22 points, Raheem Lewis had 14 and Tim Henault added 11. Greene grabbed 11 rebounds, as the Lancers out rebounded UMD, 32-30. But the Corsairs forced 22 turnovers while committing 10, and made 53.1 per cent of their shots in the second half while holding WSC to 39.3 per cent.
"It was an intense game, and the crowd was right on top of you," said Baptiste. "They had no answer for Lance, every time we got him the ball on the block, he scored or got fouled. Once we got the lead, we played better overall."
The Corsairs improved to 6-1 with the victory, while the Lancers dropped to 3-3 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Western Connecticut State Saturday.