Jan. 7, 2010
BRISTOL, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team grabbed an early 11-point lead, jumped out to a 50-34 halftime advantage and went on to a 96-73 victory over host Roger Williams, in a non-conference game at the Campus Recreation Center Thursday evening.
The Corsairs, who never trailed, got a three-pointer from sophomore guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Massachusetts Bay CC) and a pair of treys and a lay-up from senior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS/UMass Lowell) to take a 17-6 lead with 14:12 remaining in the first half. Another three-pointer by Rose and a lay-up by junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) made it 39-24 with 4:23 remaining in the first half, and sophomore guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS) and Stephens connected from three-point range to give UMD a 50-32 lead just before the halftime break.
UMass Dartmouth steadily increased their lead in the second half, leading by as many as 26 points, 81-55 with 7:35 remaining after a lay-up by junior forward Kyle Yeadon (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS). Shelton led the Corsairs with 18 points, Klepadlo added a career-high 17, Stephens contributed 14 and senior forward Matt Walker (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) had 13. Pat Flanagan led the Hawks with 16 points, but he was the only player in double figures for RWU.
Stephens led UMD with six rebounds and Flanagan had nine for the Hawks as the Corsairs out rebounded Roger Williams, 26-24. UMass Dartmouth made 65.5 per cent of their shots from the field, including 12 of 21 from three-point range, while the Hawks connected on 53.7 per cent from the floor.
"We came out strong, we played well, we shot well, and we did a lot of things well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "It hasn't been like that the last couple of games. We did a better job of defending, we rebounded better, we had better ball movement, and we played better as a team. I was happy to see us play as well as we did."
The Corsairs improved to 7-4 with the victory, while the Hawks dropped to 8-4 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Southern Maine in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday.