Jan. 14, 2012
GORHAM, ME-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team held host Southern Maine to just 19 points in the second half and came from behind to defeat the Huskies, 61-48, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Warren G. Hill Gymnasium Saturday.
Senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell).converted a three-point play at the outset of the second half to put the Corsairs ahead, 30-29. Conor Sullivan of the Huskies tied it with a free throw, but Greene followed with a jumper, senior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS) added a pair of free throws, freshman forward Alex Rodrigues (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) converted a layup and Greene hit a free throw as the Corsairs built a 37-32 lead. The never trailed again.
Chris Pagentine tied the score for USM at 41-41 when he hit a layup with 11:06 to play, but a jumper by senior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) and a three-pointer by sophomore guard John Genkos (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) once again staked UMD to a five-point advantage. The Corsairs maintained their lead for the remainder of the game, hitting six consecutive free throws in the final 59 seconds to account for the final score.
The teams traded the lead back and forth in the first half, and the score was tied until Jeremy Jackson of the Huskies converted a layup with 39 seconds remaining to give USM a 29-27 lead at the halftime intermission. Southern Maine had a four-point lead twice. The final four-point lead, 27-23, was erased on a layups by Genkos and Rose, with, the latter play tying the game at 27-27 with 55 seconds left before halftime.
"In the first half, we got frustrated and didn't respond well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "I was happy with our effort in the second half, we stepped it up. We played smarter and with more energy, and played better all the way around. Lance came out in the second half and turned it around, and Paul did a nice job at the point guard position, defending well and running the team."
Greene led the Corsairs with 15 points and 14 rebounds for his ninth double double in 15 games. Rose and Genkos added 10 points apiece. Jeremy Jackson of the Huskies led all scorers with 16 points, while Pagentine scored 10. The Corsairs outrebounded USM, 50-36, and held Southern Maine to 29.3 per cent from the field, just 24.1 per cent in the second half.
The Corsairs improved to 8-7 and 2-3 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Huskies dropped to 6-8 and 0-5 in the LEC with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Rhode Island College in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader next Tuesday.
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