Jan. 11, 2011
WILLIMANTIC, CT-Host Eastern Connecticut State limited the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team to 15 points in the first half, built a 17-point halftime lead, and went on to defeat the Corsairs, 70-52, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Geissler Gymnasium Tuesday evening.
Leading 10-7 midway through the first half, the Warriors outscored the Corsairs, 22-6 to take a 32-13 lead with 1:26 left before halftime. Hamilton Levy ignited the run with a three-point play. The only Corsairs' points during that time came on baskets by junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) and junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC), and a pair of free throws by freshman guard Jon Pavao (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS). The Corsairs came no closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
Pulver made seven of 10 shots from the field and led UMass Dartmouth with 16 points. Senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) and Rose each had 13 for the Corsairs. Jamie Kohn led the Warriors with 15 points, Broderick Sawyer had 13, and Nick Nedwick and Chris Robitaille each scored 11. Pulver had nine rebounds for UMD, while Sawyer led ECSU with 10 as Eastern outrebounded UMass Dartmouth, 49-34. Eastern Connecticut made 45.9 per cent of their shots from the field, while holding the Corsairs to 29 per cent.
"They were physically stronger and tougher than we were, and we didn't step up and compete well at all," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We didn't play well in any aspect of the game. It was our worst game of the year."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 5-8 and 2-2 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Eastern Connecticut improved to 10-3 and 3-1 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Salem State in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday evening. The Warriors will visit Wentworth Thursday
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