Jan. 16, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team outscored visiting Keene State in the first half, 53-37, and went on to a 93-74 victory in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
The Corsairs, who scored the game's first 13 points and led, 25-8 with 13:49 left in the first half, built a 22-point advantage at 48-26 with 3:13 left in the first half before the Owls closed the game. Sophomore guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Massachusetts Bay CC) ignited the opening run with a three-pointer, sophomore center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) scored the next five points, including a pair of lay-ups, and junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) completed the run with a pair of lay-ups and a free throw. The three-pointer that senior guard Tyler Turtoro (Shelton, CT/Shelton HS) hit to give the Corsairs their largest lead of the first half was UMD's fifth trey during the opening half.
The Owls used a 17-10 run at the beginning of the second half to cut the lead to nine points at 63-54 with 13:28 remaining. Sophomore forward Derek D'Amours (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) capped the run with a three-pointer and a lay-up. Junior forward Kyle Yeadon (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) connected on a trey for the Corsairs, and freshman forward Nicco DeMasco (Swanzey, NH/Monadnock Regional HS) followed with a lay-up and a free throw to once again make it a nine-point game. But Yeadon and Turtoro sandwiched three-pointers around a lay-up by senior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS/UMass Lowell), and another lay-up by Shelton capped a 10-1 run that made it 76=58 with 9:11 left. The Owls never got closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
"It was a great win, we played two good halves, both offensively and defensively," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We stayed with the press and subbed in and out frequently. When we didn't press, their offense ran more smoothly. It was important for us to stay focused on the loose balls, and it seemed we got to 90 per cent of them. I told our team that if they had a positive attitude, good things would happen, and that happened to us today."
Shelton led the Corsairs with 23 points, Rose contributed 17, Turtoro had 13, and Greene added 11. D'Amours led KSC with 23 points, freshman guard Eric Fazio (Hopewell Junction, NY/Our Lady of Lords HS) had 15, and sophomore forward Cody Snow (Leyden, MA/Pioneer Regional HS) added 13. Shelton grabbed 10 rebounds for a double double, while freshman forward Anthony Mariano (Naugatuck, CT/Naugatuck HS) led the Owls with six as the Corsairs out rebounded Keene State, 39-31. UMD forced 24 turnovers while committing 16, and used 10 three-pointers to overcome the Owls' 49 per cent shooting from the field.
The Corsairs improved to 10-5 and 3-2 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Owls dropped to 8-7 and 2-3 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit UMass Boston in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. Keene State will visit Eastern Connecticut State Tuesday.