LEICESTER, Mass. - Corsair freshman Jake Ashworth's (Fairhaven, Mass.) career-high six three-pointers, in addition to double-doubles by junior Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria) and senior Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.), led the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 94-87 road win against Becker College in non-conference play on Wednesday afternoon.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 94, Becker 87
Records: UMass Dartmouth (8-4, 1-1 LEC) | Becker (5-6, 0-0 NECC)
How it Happened
Ashworth finished with a team-high 25 points, with Imadiyi close behind pouring in 22 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Marquis Jones (Randolph, Mass.) chipped in a career-high 10 points, finishing just shy of a double-double with eight boards. Obiora recorded another double-double, scoring 13 and rebounding on 13 occassions.
In the opening minutes of the affair, Ashworth accounted for 11 of the visitors' first 21 points, drilling a pair from the perimeter as well as converting a conventional three-point play for an early 21-13. UMass Dartmouth pushed the lead to double-digits behind the efforts of Obiora, who came up with a steal on the defensive end and ran the break to feed classmate Brandon Williams Jr. (Dorchester, Mass.) for the up-and-under layup.
The Corsair advantage was short-lived, however, as the Hawks abruptly scored eleven unanswered points, including eight in the paint. Each side traded baskets during the remaining minutes of the half, but Becker seized the momentum heading into the break on junior Dewayne Thomas' (Lowell, Mass.) off-balance, buzzer-beating three-pointer for a 48-43 Hawk lead.
Six minutes into the second half, Imadiyi knocked down a straightaway jumper from beyond the arc to regain the lead, 61-59. The hosts matched the visitors point for point, but Imadiyi's presence and persistence on the offensive glass proved to be too much of a task for the Hawks to handle, as the forward posted 19 points and 10 boards in the second half alone.
For Becker, senior Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y.) erupted for 34 points on an efficient 15-for-26 shooting. Junior point guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass.) dished out a game-high seven assists.
Inside the Numbers
- The matinee matchup was the first-ever battle between UMass Dartmouth and Becker College.
- Ashworth's 17 first-half points are the most in a single half by a Corsair this season since Obiora netted 18 in the first stanza on Nov. 18 vs. Castleton (103-95 win).
- Nine of the 10 Corsairs to see game action contributed to the scoring.
- Obiora recorded his eighth double-double, tying him for second-most in the nation.
- The Hawks knocked down more field goals than the Corsairs, 33 to 30, but UMass Dartmouth owned the margin in three-pointers made, 14-4.
- Each squad recorded 18 dimes.
The Corsairs return home for a 3 p.m. Little East Conference (LEC) quarrel against Southern Maine this Saturday. Becker hits the road on Tuesday, Jan. 9 to take on Lesley at 8 p.m.