NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team opened 2013 with an 80-76 victory over visiting Regis in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Wednesday evening.
The win was the first for the Corsairs at home during the 2012-13 season and their second straight after defeating Johnson & Wales, 86-83 in overtime, before the Christmas break.
The Corsairs raced out of the gates to an early 8-2 lead in the opening minutes as sophomore guard Jake Laga (Northampton, MA/Northampton HS) scored five quick points. UMD would control the pace for the entire half and the majority of the game as they stretched their to as many as 10 with 12:13 remaining when freshman guard Jacek Louisville (Worcester, MA/Holy Name HS) knocked down a free throw.
The two teams would trade baskets throughout the remainder of the half and the Corsairs would take a 42-36 lead into the break.
Early in the second half, UMD would stretch their lead to as many as nine with 17:00 minutes remaining when junior forward Eleazar Clayton (Boston, MA/East Boston HS) made a layup. The Pride would battle back, however, cutting the lead to just one, at 51-50 when sophomore guard Osanto Marc (Kissimmee, FL, Poinciana HS) knocked down a trey with 12:27 left to play.
The Corsairs responded with an 8-0 run to bring the lead back to nine when sophomore guard Emmanuel Abioye (Dorchester, MA/Kennedy HS) connected with 9:13 remaining. After overcoming several turnovers down the stretch UMD got a pair of Laga free throws with nine seconds left to seal the victory.
Offensively, UMD was led by junior guard John Genkos (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) who scored a game-high 24 points on 7-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Laga added 14 and sophomore center Alex Rodrigues (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) added 12 point and seven boards for the Corsairs.
Marc led the Pride scoring 23 points , while junior guard Ryan Chambers (Abington, MA/Abington HS) added 17 points while knocking down four treys.
"It's our first game back after the break and I'm happy with the win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "They worked hard, but made some mistakes down the stretch making the game closer than it should have been."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 2-8 with the victory, while Regis fell to 0-11 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State Saturday in the second half of a Little East Conference doubleheader. The Pride will host Mitchell next Tuesday.