Jan. 3, 2011
SCHENECTADY, NY-Trinity (CT) outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team, 20-12 during the final 5:16 and went on to defeat the Corsairs, 76-68, in a first round game at Union's Sig Makofski Classic at Union College's Viniar Athletic Center Monday evening.
A layup by the Bantams' Eric Dean broke the 10th tie of the game and gave Trinity the Lead for good, 58-56 with 5:16 left. Cameron Sutton followed with a layup and Ian Fels made a three-point play before junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) ended the 7-0 run when he hit a three-pointer with 2:38 remaining.
Dean countered with another three-point play with 2:28 to play. Rose hit a free throw and junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley HS) hit a layup for the Corsairs, but three more free throws by Fels made it 69-62 with 1:53 remaining. Three free throws by UMD junior guard Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) cut the advantage to 69-65 with 1:13 left, but the Bantams converted seven of eight free throws in the final 1:08 to preserve their lead.
Trinity outscored UMass Dartmouth, 9-6 during the final 5:04 of the first half to take a 37-34 lead at the intermission. Fels and Sutton hit jump shots for the Bantams in the waning moments of the half before Burns hit a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left to close the deficit.
Burns led the Corsairs with 17 points, senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) and junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) added 14 apiece, and Rose contributed 13. Fels led all scorers with 20 points, making 13 of 15 shots from the free throw line. Sutton added 14, and Nick Distasio added 12. Pulver grabbed 11 rebounds for UMass Dartmouth, while Chris Applegate had seven for the Bantams, who outrebounded the Corsairs, 36-34.
"We didn't take care of the ball very well, we committed too many unforced turnovers," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We worked hard and we played hard, and it was a back and forth game most of the way, but our own mistakes hurt us. Down the stretch, they were able to go to the basket, score and get fouled a couple of times, and that didn't help our cause. We have to work on making better decisions with the basketball."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 4-6 with the defeat, while Trinity improved to 7-4 with the victory. The Corsairs will play Ramapo, a 97-88 loser to host Union, in the third place game Tuesday evening. The Bantams will play Union in the championship game Tuesday
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