Jan. 13, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team lost to visiting Salem State, 81-65, in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening.
UMass Dartmouth had three player reach double-digit points in the loss. Junior forward Colin Burns (Cheapachet, RI, Ponaganset HS/CCRI) scored a team-high 18 points, shooting 6-for-19, with seven rebounds. Senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North) added 14 points while junior forward Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS) chipped in 10 points. Junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. The Corsairs shot just 32.4% (23-of-71) from the field, and 25.9% (7-of-27) from three-point range.
Salem State was led by junior forward Brian Clark (Deerfield, MA/Frontier Regional HS) with a game-high 24 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Senior guard Nick Linear (Salem, MA/Salem HS) recorded 16 points with three steals and junior guard Apollos Wade (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) dished out a game-high six assists with 11 points. The Vikings shot 47.5% (28-of-59) from the floor, 28.6 % (2-of-7) from three-point range, and 82.1% (23-of-28) from the free throw line.
Leading 10-7 with 15:00 left to play in the first half, the Vikings went on a 31-6 run over the next eight minutes, gathering a lead that they would never surrender. The Corsairs shows signs of life going on a 12-0 run in three minutes, featuring eight consecutive points by Stephens. The Vikings entered the half with a 45-25 lead.
UMass Dartmouth fought hard in the second half, but the Vikings maintained a 20-point advantage, 53-33, with 14:47 left to play. The Corsairs pulled to within 13 points with 9:58 on the clock, but Salem State stopped the Corsairs momentum with a 7-0 run to put their lead back to 20 points. UMD outscored the Vikings, 20-16, over the final eight minutes, but it wasn't enough to overcome their first half deficit, securing the 81-65 victory for the Vikings.
"I don't know what to say, I thought we had turned the corner after the game up in Southern Maine," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "But, obviously, we still have things to figure out. So we'll come back and work hard in practice tomorrow and get ready for good Keene State team on Saturday."
UMass Dartmouth fell to 5-9 with the loss, while Salem State improved to 5-6 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Keene State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. The Vikings will host Westfield State Saturday
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