NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA–Sophomore guard Mike Rotando (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ/Point Pleasant Beach HS/Bloomfield) gave the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team the lead for good with a three-pointer midway through the second half, and the Corsairs held off Salem State, 73-61, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening.
Rotando's three-pointer made it 52-50, UMD, with 9:45 remaining,. The Corsairs followed with a 16-7 run and took a 68-57 lead with 2;25 remaining, and held on for the win.
Junior guard John Genkos (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) led UMass Dartmouth with 19 points, Rotando added 16 and freshman center Wale Abraham (Lynn, MA/Lynn Classical HS) added 11. Senior guard Justin Nieves (Lawrence, MA/Lawrence HS) had 14 points to lead the Vikings, while junior guard Andrew White (Medford, MA/Medford HS) added 13.
"We got a good effort from a lot of guys tonight," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "John shot the ball well tonight, Wale gave us a good game defensively, and, overall, it was a good effort on the part of a lot of our guys. We're starting to pull together a little bit, and we did a good job of helping each other out when the lead was on the line. We got contributions from a lot of people tonight."
The Corsairs improved to 4-16 with the victory, while the Vikings dropped to 12-9 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Western Connecticut State Saturday in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader. Salem State will host Framingham State next Tuesday.
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