March 2, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Three members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team have earned Little East Conference post-season honors.
Junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) was named first team All-Conference. Senior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS/UMass Lowell) earned second team All-Conference honors. Sophomore center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) was named second team All-Conference, and was also named to the All-Defensive Team.
Stephens led the Corsairs in scoring this season, averaging 18.4 points per game. He averaged 4.2 rebounds, made 51 per cent of his shots from the field, and 46.7 per cent from three-point range. Shelton averaged 14.7 points and five rebounds per game, ranked second on the team with 2.84 assists per game, and led the Corsairs by making 83.1 per cent of his shots from the free throw line. Greene averaged 15.8 points per game, led UMD in rebounding by grabbing seven rebounds per contest and by making 58.2 per cent of his shots, and was first with 1.3 blocked shots per game and second with 1.88 steals per game.
Stephens was third, Greene fourth, and Shelton sixth in the Little East Conference in scoring. Stephens led the LEC in three-point field goal percentage and ranked third in three-pointers made, Greene was fourth in rebounding and field goal percentage and third in steals and blocked shots, and Shelton was fifth in three-point field goal percentage.
"Brandon Stephens was very deserving of being first team, All-Conference," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "He had a strong year for us, scored and did a lot of other things, and he's the one who works the hardest in practice every day. Brandon Shelton was probably a couple of votes from being Player of the Year last year, and he wasn't the same player this year after coming off an injury. However, he was a very valuable player for us. Lance really came on strong towards the end of the year, and I really think he should have been first team All-Conference and Defensive Player of the Year. He had the best numbers defensively, and is a lock-down defender."
The Corsairs finished the season 18-9 overall and 9-5 in the LEC. They advanced to the semi-finals of the LEC Tournament and lost to eventual champion Rhode Island College.