Men's Basketball Holds Off Southern Maine Rally for 83-64 Win

Men's Basketball Holds Off Southern Maine Rally for 83-64 Win

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Corsair forwards Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.) and Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria) each poured in a game-high 23 points to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to an 83-64 Little East Conference win over Southern Maine on Saturday afternoon. 

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 83, Southern Maine 64
Records: UMass Dartmouth (9-4, 2-1 LEC) | Southern Maine (1-12, 0-3 LEC) 

How it Happened

In addition to his offensive contribution, Imadiyi grabbed seven boards and knocked down a pair from downtown. Obiora shot 8-of-10 from the field to go along with ten rebounds, notching his ninth double-double of the season. Southern Maine freshman guard DJ Anderson (Houston, Texas) paced the visitors' effort, contributing 19 points and seven rebounds.

The hosts came out shooting the ball efficiently, going 17-of-30 (56.7%) in the first half. Senior forward Imadiyi wasted no time in igniting the Corsair offense, scoring 18 of the team's first 37 points in the opening 12 minutes of the contest. With eight minutes remaining in the frame, he and Obiora were responsible for an 11-0 scoring run that extend the UMass Dartmouth lead, 37-18.

Southern Maine regained its composure during the intermission, narrowing the margin down to six on a 12-2 run powered by the efforts of Anderson and junior Sean Jany (Westbrook, Maine).  Following a timeout at the 11:25 mark, UMass Dartmouth retaliated by scoring 12 unanswered to widen its lead, 61-41. The Corsairs swarmed the Huskies on the defensive end, restricting the visitors to just 34.4% shooting from the field, as the hosts ultimately defended home court with a victory. 

Inside the Numbers

  • Obiora's ninth double-double is currently tied for second-most in Division III so far this season.
  • With the win, the Corsairs rise to 6-1 at home.
  • UMass Dartmouth shot a season-best at the free-throw line, going 17-of-18 (94.4%).
  • The host backcourt of Brandon Williams Jr. (Dorchester, Mass.) and Nick Bond (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) each dished out a game-high four assists.
  • The Corsairs now hold an all-time record of 59-10 overall against Southern Maine.

Up Next

UMass Dartmouth will continue its LEC slate on Wednesday, Jan. 10 on the road at Eastern Connecticut at 7:30 p.m. Simultaneously, Southern Maine hosts LEC opponent Rhode Island College.