Nov. 17, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team will try to do something they have not done in three years when they begin their home season Friday evening.
The Corsairs will be hosting the Hampton Inn Classic for the 13th time, and they will be trying to win the title for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
UMass Dartmouth will face Mount Saint Vincent of Riverdale, NY at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Bowdoin and Maine-Farmington open the tournament at 5:30. The championship game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Saturday, and it follows the third place game, which begins at 1:00 p.m.
"We always hope to win our tournament, but it's not like a Division I tournament, where you can hand pick the teams," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "In Division III, there are a lot of tip-off tournaments, and we always have quality competition. Usually, if you're going to the tournament at UMass Dartmouth, you have to be pretty good."
Mount Saint Vincent graduated two seniors from a team that began the season by winning their first 10 games, advanced to the Skyline Tournament, and finished 15-11. It was the Dolphins' first winning season since 1987-88.
"Mount Saint Vincent is a very athletic team," said Baptiste. "Bowdoin is also a very good team from the NESCAC, and Maine-Farmington is supposed to be a very good team this year as well."
The Corsairs and the Beavers are the only teams that have played this season. UMF lost their season opener to St. Joseph's (Maine), 57-47 Wednesday night, while UMD fell at Salem State Tuesday evening, 83-80.
"This is their (Mount Saint Vincent's) first game, so we don't have a scouting report or a film on them," said Baptiste. "We're going on past history. However, I've always taken the approach that we'll let people worry about us, and if we concentrate on what we do and we do it well, we'll end up in pretty good shape."
The fact that they have a game under their belt may give the Corsairs an edge. "I think it does, considering we played a tough opponent in our first game," said Baptiste. "It was a tough game, and I think our guys gained something from that."