Jan. 15, 2010
SALEM, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team outscored host Salem State in the second half, 57-45, and went on to defeat the Vikings, 91-86, in a non-conference game at the Twohig Gymnasium Thursday evening.
The Corsairs, who trailed at halftime, 41-34, used at 11-4 run at the outset of the second half to tie the game at 45-45. Junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) scored five consecutive points to put UMass Dartmouth ahead, 52-49, then Stephens and senior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS/UMass Lowell) each hit three-pointers as the Corsairs used a 10-0 run to take a 62-52 lead with 12:50 left in the second half.
SSC rallied and cut the deficit to two points, 72-70, on a lay-up by Brian Clark, but a 10-4 Corsair run made it 82-74 with 3:40 left. Dan Clark hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it 87-84, but sophomore guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) made four late free throws to help UMD preserve the lead.
Shelton led the Corsairs with 28 points, Stephens added 17, Paul Rose had 12 and sophomore guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS) had 10. Brian Clark had 18 for the Vikings, Brennan Bennett had 16 and Dan Clark 15.
"We played much better in the second half, we played with much more intensity, and it was a good, all-around team effort,: said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We shot the ball well in the second half, our press was able to make them turn the ball over, and once we got the lead, we were able to make free throws and maintain the lead. I was pleased with the win."
The Corsairs improved to 9-5 with the victory, while the Vikings dropped to 2-11 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Keene State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday.