Dec. 14, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH- Junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) sank a game-winning three-pointer from the top of the key with four seconds to play as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team defeated visiting Roger Williams, 69-67, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Following two made free throws by Roger Williams senior guard Corey Fava (Aliso Viejo, CA/St. Margaret's HS) that put the Hawks up 67-66, Rose took the in-bound pass with 20 second to play. He tried to set up the offense but the play broke down forcing Rose to improvise. He stopped at the top of the key and launched a three-pointer that hit nothing but the bottom of the net, giving the Corsairs the 69-67 win.
Rose led all scorers with a game-high 18 points, three assists and three rebounds on 6-of-15 shooting. Junior guard Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) put in 11 points with six rebounds while junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley HS) netted 10 points, shooting 2-of-3 from three-point range. Sophomore center Deshaun Dell (Dorchester, MA/Boston English/Lassell) added nine points and a game-high nine rebounds off the bench. UMD shot 43.8% (28-of-64) from the floor, 23.5% (4-of-17) from behind the three-point arc, and 47.4% (9-of-19) from the free throw line.
Roger Williams was led offensively by junior center Pat Flanagan (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) with a team-high 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and a game-high nine rebounds. Junior guard Gary Madison (Waterbury, CT/Crosby HS) recorded 11 points on 4-of 8 shooting. Fava and sophomore guard Matt Grossbard (Pearl River, NY/Pearl River HS) each scored 8 points in the loss. The Hawks shot 37.5% (18-of-55) from the field, 33.3% (4-of-12) from three-point range, and 77.1% (27-of-35) from the charity stripe.
Roger Williams outrebounded the Corsairs, 42-35, during the contest.
The two teams exchanged shot-for-shot in the opening minutes of the game, making the score 10-10 with 13:47 left in the first half. The Hawks went on a 14-4 run the next five minutes, which featured seven points from Flanagan, giving Roger Williams the 24-14 advantage with 8:20 remaining in the half. The Corsairs closed the first half of action on a 19-6 run, putting the Corsairs on top, 33-30, going into halftime.
The Hawks opened the second half on an 8-2, reclaiming a 38-36 lead with 17:16 on the clock. Four consecutive points by Rose regained the Corsair lead, which they maintained until the final minute of the second half. With 4:19 left to play, UMass Dartmouth found themselves with their biggest lead, 62-55. Roger Williams fought hard over the final minutes and four successful free throw attempts pulled them with two, 64-62, with 2:25 remaining. Two free throws by Burns pushed their lead back to four points, but costly fouls down the stretch allowed Roger Williams to hang in the game. With 1:04 to play, Madison hit two free throws, making the score 66-65 in favor of UMD. Corsair freshmen forward Kadeem Wint (Dorchester, MA/Boston Trinity Academy) had a chance to put the game away with free throws but he missed both attempts and a foul on senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) put Fava on the free throw line with 26 seconds to play. Fava converted both free throw attempts, giving the Hawks a 67-66 lead. On the Corsairs final possession, Rose buried a deep three-pointer from the top of the key as the final seconds ticked of the clock, securing the 69-67 victory.
"It was a good win for us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We've been struggling lately so it's nice to end the semester on a positive note. We made a good run to end the first half but we had spurts in the second half where we played poorly and played well. Our press helped create a lot of problems for them and that's when we were able to build up a lead. These kids are working really hard and giving me 100 percent and I appreciate that."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 4-5 with the victory, while Roger Williams dropped to 6-3 with the defeat. The Corsairs will break for the semester, returning to action when they play Trinity (CT) at Union's Sig Makofsky Classic January 3rd. The Hawks will return to action when they play host Springfield in the Springfield Classic on New Year's Day.
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