Men's Basketball Tripped Up By Western Connecticut, 89-71

Dec. 11, 2010

Final Stats

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) scored a season-high 21 points as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team lost to visiting Western Connecticut State, 89-71, in a Little East Conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.

Rose led the Corsairs offensively, shooting 9-of-14 from the field and 2-of-3 from three-point range with a team-high four assists. Junior guard Colin Burns (Cheapachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) added 17 points and four rebounds while senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) was limited to 10 points. Junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds off the bench. The Corsairs shot 41.4% (29-of-70) from the floor, 35% (7-of-20) from three point range and 60% (6-of-10) from the free throw line

Western Connecticut junior forward Gary Robinson (Torrington, CT/Hotchkiss HS) netted a game-high 27 points on 13-of-17 shooting, and snared a game-high 12 rebounds. Junior guard DaQuan Brooks (Bristol, CT/Bristol Central HS) registered 15 points and seven assists while sophomore guard Ryan Pelletier (Wolcott, CT/Wolcott) came off the bench with 10 points and five rebounds. Senior forward Wilburt Jarret (Hartford, CT/Hartford Public) chipped in 11 points in 17 minutes of action. The Colonials made 54.9% (39-of-71) from the field, 18.2% (2-of-11) from behind the three-point arc, and 69.2% (9-of-13) from the charity stripe.

Both squads tied for rebounds, 38-38, during the contest.

Rose and Burns each scored five points in the opening minutes for UMD, putting them up 10-2 early. A layup by freshmen guard Jon Pavao (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) with 11:54 left in the first half capped of a 17-4 run by the Corsairs to start the game. Over the next five minutes, the Colonials whittled down the Corsairs lead with an 11-4 run, pulling to within four points, 22-18, with 6:24 on the clock. Western Connecticut continued to pressure UMD, assembling a 15-0 run, giving the Colonials a 33-22 advantage. The Corsairs outscored Western Connecticut 9-6 down the stretch, making the score 39-31 in favor of the Colonials at the end of the first half.

Western Connecticut continued to surge on the offensive end, orchestrating a 15-7 run over the first five minutes of the second half, pushing their lead to 54-38. The Colonials never trailed in the second half, reaching their largest lead of 19 points, 61-42, with 13:49 left to play. The Corsairs battled hard to cut into the deficit, even pulling within 9 points, 67-58, at the 8:32 mark. The Colonials lead turned out to be too much for UMD to conquer and Western Connecticut closed the game on a 22-13 run, securing the 89-71 victory.

"Tonight, we just got beat by a better basketball team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "I thought we had a good start, then they had a run where we went from up 10 to down 10 in about a 10-minute period. Once they got the lead we had a hard time coming back. They did a good job of defending us and stripping the ball, which took us out of our offense. Paul did a nice job of taking advantage of the situation the defense gave us, but I wish other guys would have done the same."

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 3-5 and 1-1 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Western Connecticut improved to 8-1 and 2-0 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Roger Williams Tuesday evening in the final game before the semester break. The Colonials will break for the semester and return to action against Worcester Polytechnic Institute December 28th.

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