Jan. 4, 2012
LAKE WALES, FL-Host Warner outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team in the second half, 39-27, and pulled away for a 79-62 victory in their non-conference game on the second and final night of their Florida trip at the Turner Athletic Center Wednesday evening.
The teams played on nearly even terms for the first half, with the Royals holding a 40-35 halftime lead. Warner pulled away for a 35-24 advantage with 5:12 remaining in the first half, but an 11-3 UMD run during the next four minutes allowed the Corsairs to cut the lead to three before the Royals' Ian Wilhelm hit the final basket of the first half.
Senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) contributed five points during the late UMD first half run with three free throws and a slam dunk, while sophomore forward Eleazar Clayton (Boston, MA/East Boston HS/Monroe CC) added four points on a jumper and a pair of free throws.
The Royals began the second half with a 15-3 surge to build a 55-38 advantage with 14:28 remaining, and maintained their lead for the rest of the game.
"We played hard and we played well for the most part, but they were bigger and stronger than we were," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We played better than we did yesterday. Malcolm Campbell is an All-American, and they have several other big guys that they can play at the same time. Lance did a good job offensively and defensively, and we got a good effort from a lot of people. They defended us well on the inside, and we missed some shots from the outside that we normally make. The two teams we played here are very good, and the experience we got will help us for the rest of the year."
Greene led UMass Dartmouth with 17 points, making 9 of 13 from the free throw line. Senior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) and freshman center Alex Rodrigues (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) each had 12, with Rodrigues making five of seven shots from the field.
Warner's Malcolm Campbell led all scorers with 26 points, making 11 of 13 shots from the field. Mark St Fort added 13 for the Royals, Bryce Kachinski had 12 and David Westberry contributed 10.
Greene and Rodrigues had six rebounds each for the Corsairs, while Campbell pulled down six for WU as the Royals out rebounded UMD, 32-29. Warner made 27 of 52 shots from the field for 52 per cent to the Corsairs' 21 of 54 for 39 per cent, and held UMD to three of 21 shots from three-point range while making seven of 15 from beyond the arc.
The Corsairs dropped to 7-5 with the defeat, while the Royals improved to 10-4 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Western Connecticut State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday.