KEENE, N.H. – Despite a career-high 17 points off the bench by Corsair freshman Patrick Gavin (Beverly, Mass.), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth could not contain Keene State junior Ty Nichols (Springfield, Mass.) as the Owls sunk the Corsairs by a score of 112-61 on Saturday afternoon at the Spaulding Gymnasium.
Score: Keene State 112, UMass Dartmouth 61
Records: Keene State (11-4, 5-0 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (9-6, 2-3 LEC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth struggled mightily on both ends, as Keene State limited the visitors to just 24.7% shooting from the field. The Owl pairing of Nichols and sophomore Ben Olson (Derry, N.H.) led the way for the hosts, as they combined for 52 points on 66.7% efficiency (20-of-30).
In a reserve role, Gavin also grabbed eight rebounds (seven on the offensive glass) to add to his line. Junior guard Brandon Williams Jr. (Dorchester, Mass.) persevered through shooting difficulties to submit a dynamic performance, posting four points, five rebounds, three assists, and four steals.
Corsair freshman Nick Bond (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) and senior Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.) each knocked down three-pointers early on to get the visitors on the board, but a 12-0 Owl run early in the first half powered by Nichols and Olson jumpstarted the Keene offense that would never waiver. Freshman center James Anozie (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) recorded a double-double on 15 points and 10 boards.
Inside the Numbers
· Each squad remained close in rebounding totals, with Keene State just edging out UMass Dartmouth, 58-52.
· The Corsairs outscored the Owls on second-chance points, 20-13.
· Keene State assisted on 29 of its 44 made field goals.
The Corsairs look to bounce back when they host UMass Boston on Wednesday, as the LEC rivals quarrel at 7:30 p.m.