DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Sophomore Dhalyn Sanders-Dyer (Worcester, Mass.) scored a career-high 22 points, including four three-pointers, to lead UMass Dartmouth to an 89-81 non-league college men’s basketball victory over Roger Williams in the season opener for both teams Friday evening at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The host Corsairs (1-0) shot an even 50 percent (33-66) and placed five players in double figures in the up-tempo affair, as UMass Dartmouth grabbed a seven-point halftime advantage (44-37) on the strength of 10 points from sophomore Adam Seablom (Lakeville, Mass.). The visiting Hawks (0-1) used a 13-7 run over the first 4:07 after intermission to creep back to within one (51-50) on senior Rich Pugliese’s (Middlebury, Conn.) conventional three-point play, but UMass Dartmouth took control of the contest by scoring 14 of the game’s next 17 points in a run capped by a Sanders-Dyer three-pointer with 10:56 remaining. The hosts stretched their edge to as much as 15 points in the closing minutes to open Head Coach Brian Baptiste’s 37th season on a high note.
Sophomore Sean Leahy (Hanson, Mass.) scored 14 points (including 8-8 at the foul line) in the win for the Corsairs, who received 12 points and six rebounds from senior Marquis Jones (Randolph, Mass.) along with 12 points from Seablom. Freshman Taylor Carlson (Wareham, Mass.) came off the bench to score 10 points for the hosts, who received eight points, six boards, six assists and four steals from sophomore Marcus Azor (Brockton, Mass.) to go with seven rebounds from senior Harry Alexander (Washington, D.C.). UMass Dartmouth connected for eight triples and held a 33-29 rebounding advantage on the evening, as the Corsairs canned 15 of their 18 attempts from the charity stripe.
Junior Doug Hostetler (Somers, Conn.) led four players in double figures with 18 points (including four three-pointers) in the setback for Roger Williams, which received 16 points and seven rebounds from Pugliese along with 15 points from junior JJ Pfohl (Trumbull, Conn.). Sophomore Eli Harris (Falmouth, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points for the Hawks, who received six caroms and four assists from junior Drew Hart (Cheshire, Conn.). The visitors shot 49 percent (28-57) from the field and connected for 12 three-pointers but hurt themselves with 20 turnovers for the contest.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Salem, Mass. on Tuesday evening to take on Salem State in a non-league outing that tips-off at 7:00 pm, while Roger Williams takes on Elms in opening round play of its Courtyard by Marriott Tournament next Friday evening in Bristol, R.I. that tips-off at 5:30 pm.
(Photo Credit: Bruno Pires '21)