Jan. 8, 2011
GORHAM, ME-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team led virtually all the way and defeated host Southern Maine, 73-63, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Warren G. Hill Gymnasium Saturday. The Huskies led only twice, by 28-26 with 4:03 left in the first half, and by 41-40 early in the second half. Senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) erased the Huskies' last lead with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer, and UMD never trailed again.
The Corsairs steadily increased their lead in the second half. A jumper by Corteze Isaac brought Southern Maine to within six, 65-59, with 4:37 remaining, but Stephens hit another three-pointer, and the Huskies came no closer.
Stephens led all scorers with 25 points. Junior forward Colin Burns(Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) added 13, and junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) contributed 10. Otis Smith had 18 for Southern Maine, and Isaac added 11. Junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) had 10 rebounds for UMD, while Sean Bergeron had eight for USM as the Huskies out rebounded the Corsairs, 43-42.
"We're improving, playing better as a group, and I'm happy with the win, and I'm happy with the progress we're making," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We challenged shots, we rebounded well, and we made some good plays. We did a better job of taking care of the ball and a better job of challenging shots, so, overall, it was a good effort, This is the best team Southern Maine has had in a long time, so it was a good win, and we're heading in the right direction."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 5-7 and 2-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Southern Maine dropped to 8-5 and 0-3 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday. The Huskies will host Rhode Island College Tuesday
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