GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Arinze Obiora (Hyde Park, Mass.) scored 18 points, including the 1,000th of his career, to lead three players in double figures as UMass Dartmouth won for the ninth time in its last 10 outings with a 78-63 Little East Conference men’s basketball victory over Southern Maine Wednesday evening at Hill Gymnasium.
The visiting Corsairs (13-5, 7-2 LEC) scored the first 16 points of the contest to quickly assume control in the opening 4:33 of action, as Obiora became the 48th player in program history to reach the 1,000 point milestone on a three-pointer just over four minutes into the game. After the host Huskies (4-13, 2-8 LEC) crept back to within 10 midway through the first half, UMass Dartmouth used an 11-2 outburst in less than three minutes to take a 19-point lead (32-13) on an Obiora three-pointer before settling for a 44-32 edge at the break. The Corsairs maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the second half, as their lead was no less than 11 and grew to as much as 20 points (68-48) on freshman Adam Seablom’s (Lakeville, Mass.) lay-in with 6:27 to play.
Sophomore Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) joined Obiora in double figures with 17 points (including a 4-of-5 effort from behind the arc) for UMass Dartmouth, which received 15 points, six rebounds and three assists from freshman Marcus Azor (Brockton, Mass.). Seablom finished with nine points for the visitors, who received six points and a game-high 10 boards from junior Marquis Jones (Randolph, Mass.). Sophomore Harry Alexander (Washington, D.C.) chipped in with eight points and eight caroms for the Corsairs, who collected five rebounds each from Obiora and senior Atakan Akcam (Ankara, Turkey). The visitors nearly shot 50 percent (29-59) from the field overall and canned 10 triples on the night, as UMass Dartmouth used a 43-26 advantage on the glass to sweep the regular season series from the Huskies.
Senior Christian McCue (Hampden, Maine) netted 18 points in the setback for Southern Maine, which received 15 points and four assists from junior Jayvon Pitts-Young (Portland, Maine) along with 12 points and six rebounds from sophomore Kylani Lafleur (Dover, N.H.). The hosts shot 38 percent (25-66) from the floor and connected for eight three-pointers on the evening.
UMass Dartmouth hosts Keene State in a Little East Conference clash on Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center that tips-off at 3:00 pm, while Southern Maine travels to Providence, R.I. for a Little East outing with Rhode Island College that also tips-off at 3:00 pm.