DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Paced by a trio of career-highs for freshman Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball squad seized Thursday night's non-conference affair against Bridgewater State by a 95-74 final at the Tripp Athletic Center.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 95, Bridgewater State 74
Records: UMass Dartmouth (4-1, 0-0 LEC) | Bridgewater State (4-3, 0-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
After trading buckets in the opening seven minutes of the contest, senior Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.) drained a 3-pointer from the wing to give the Corsairs a lead that the home squad would never surrender. Ashworth knocked down his first of a career-high five shots from beyond the arc at the 9:11 mark of the first half, accounting for three of 25 points on the evening. The first-year guard shot at a precise 64.3% clip overall, totaling a personal-best nine made field goals.
Sophomore guard Brandon Williams Jr. (Dorchester, Mass.) wreaked havoc in the passing lane against the Bears, stealing a pass with a minute before the break and finishing the layup on the other end to nudge the Corsair advantage to 13 points at the intermission
UMass Dartmouth kept its foot on the accelerator in the second half, as it saw its largest lead balloon to 26 on a full-court pass from junior Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria) to freshman Nick Bond (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) for the contested lay-up. For the visitors, the sophomore duo of Rayshon Ward (Plymouth, Mass.) and Ryan Carney (Easton, Mass.) contributed 18 apiece. Senior forward Joseph Carty (Natick, Mass.) led the way with 19 points to go along with 11 boards for his second double-double on the season.
Inside the Numbers
- Obiora has grabbed at least nine rebounds in four of five contests thus far. He additionally tied his career-high in steals tonight, swiping three passes for the first time since Dec. 30, 2016 versus Connecticut College.
- UMass Dartmouth made more than half of its shots from beyond the arc (52.4%) and was equally efficient on shooting overall (52.9%).
- The Corsair defense limited the Bears to 45.9% shooting from the floor, and forced 18 turnovers.
- Junior Atakan Akcam (Ankara, Turkey) set a career-high in assists, dishing out five dimes on the night.
- The hosts drained 11 threes on the evening, matching their highest single-game total since Feb. 11 of last season versus Eastern Connecticut.
- UMass Dartmouth rises to 38-17 all-time against the nearby foe, having now won the last four meetings with the Bears.
Bridgewater State returns home for a 1 P.M. matchup against the Dean College Bulldogs on Saturday, Dec. 2. Later that afternoon, UMass Dartmouth hits the road to tip-off its Little East Conference slate at 3 P.M. against Plymouth State.