Baptiste Earns Milestone As Corsairs Race Past Huskies, 83-56

Baptiste Earns Milestone As Corsairs Race Past Huskies, 83-56

GORHAM, Maine – UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste earned his 650th career victory this afternoon as the Corsairs registered an 83-56 Little East Conference opening win at Southern Maine.  

Baptiste became the 13th men's basketball coach in NCAA Division III history to reach the 650-win milestone.  In his 37th year on the Corsairs' sideline, Baptiste is third among active Division III men's coaches in victories with a career record of 650-340.

Sophomore Dhalyn Sanders-Dyer (Worcester, Mass.) scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half to pace UMass Dartmouth's attack.  Junior Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) poured in 17 points, including five three-pointers, and sophomore Adam Seablom (Lakeville, Mass.) recorded 16 points and four assists.  Classmate Sean Leahy (Hanson, Mass.) chipped in with 11 points, while senior Harry Alexander (Washington, D.C.) pulled in a game-high 15 rebounds while also redirecting two attempts.

UMass Dartmouth (5-1, 1-0) led wire-to-wire after opening the contest with a 10-2 spurt.  Sanders-Dyer converted a lay-up to push the visitors lead to 20-7, but Southern Maine (3-2, 0-1) answered with a 9-0 run of their own.  Ashworth regained the Corsairs' double-digit lead on a triple with 6:12 remaining in the opening 20 minutes, and UMass Dartmouth never allow its advantage to dip below eight down the stretch to take a 40-30 lead into the halftime intermission.

The Corsairs turned a 10-point game, 60-50, with just under nine minutes remaining in regulation into a one-sided affair.  Alexander hit a lay-up to spark the decisive 21-0 run that spanned seven minutes and ballooned the visitors advantage to 31 points with 1:42 left on the clock.     

Sophomore Jacobe Thomas (Houston, Texas) posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Huskies.  Juniors DJ Anderson (Houston, Texas) and Peter Drennan (New Orleans, La.) each had seven points, while freshman Cameron Wood (Winthrop, Maine) pulled down eight rebounds.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7pm on Tuesday, Nov. 26, when the Corsairs host Brandeis University (3-2).