DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth sophomore Brandon Williams Jr. (Dorchester, Mass.) scored eight of his 12 second-half points in the final three minutes of regulation to spark the Corsairs to a 71-68 come-from-behind victory over Rhode Island College in Little East Conference action on Wednesday night at the Tripp Athletic Center. Williams, Jr. drained the game-winning three-pointer from the top of the arc with seven seconds left on the clock as the hosts overcame a 14-point deficit over the final 13 minutes, 23 seconds to secure the conference win.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 71, Rhode Island College 68
Records: UMass Dartmouth 11-7, 4-4 LEC, Rhode Island College 4-13, 2-6 LEC
How it Happened:
The Corsairs used a well-balanced attack as four starters registered double digits in scoring, led by junior Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria). Obiora posted his 11th double-double of the season, recording 17 points and collecting 11 rebounds. Freshman Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) poured in 15 points, including 3-for-4 from long range, while Williams, Jr. also handed out a team-best six assists. Junior Atakan Akcam (Ankara, Turkey) rounded out the contingent in double digits with 10 points.
CJ Donaldson paced the Anchormen, filling up the box score with a 16 points, on 7-of-12 from the field, nine rebounds, four assists, and five steals. Justin Campbell posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards, while Grant Gillis penned 12 points into his ledger. Adham Floyd also turned in a solid 25 minutes with nine points, five rebounds, and six helpers.
Action developed slowly in the LEC matchup as the team's combined to go just 25-for-64 (39.06%) throughout the first half of action. Rhode Island College opened an early 17-5 lead in the first 5:15 minutes as junior Grant Gillis (Jamestown, R.I.) dropped in five points to lead the rush for the Anchormen.
The teams traded blows throughout the remaining 13 minutes of action in the stanza, with the Corsairs edging the visitors on a 19-18 scoring run in the span. The deficit was reduced to 35-28 as senior Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.) drove into the paint, finishing a layup with his right hand before the buzzer to send the Corsairs into the lockeroom with momentum.
After the break, the teams exchanged buckets once again through the first eight minutes of the second half, until the Corsair offense began to find its rhythm with 11:55 to go as the host erupted for nearly a six-minute, 14-4 scoring run to cut the deficit to three points (58-55).
The momentum continued in the final five minutes as UMD controlled a 16-9 run to put the finishing touches on the come-from-behind victory. With 2:50 left in the game, Williams knocked down his first three pointer of the game, giving the Corsairs their first lead of the second half.
With five seconds left and the score knotted at 68, Williams struck again, wasting no time as he brought the ball up to the elbow before rising up to knock down his second three pointer of the half to give the Corsairs the 71-68 lead just before time expired.
Inside the Numbers:
- The Corsairs finished 29-of-66 from the field (43.9%) and 7-of-12 from beyond the arc (58.3%), while the Anchormen were 26-of-58 (44.8%) and 5-of-13 (38.5%) from those same categories.
- Rhode Island College maintained a 41-32 advantage on the glass, while the Corsairs had a 14-10 lead in second chance points.
- UMass Dartmouth forced 20 turnovers, but converted 22 points off Anchormen miscues.
- The Corsairs had the lead for a total of 1:51 minutes in the game, with their largest of the game coming with the final score.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3pm on Saturday, January 27, when the Corsairs travel to Little East Conference rival Western Connecticut State University. UMass Dartmouth will look to even the season series as the Colonials secured a 77-70 victory in Dartmouth, Mass. on December 9, 2017.