Jan. 21, 2012
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team lost to visiting Keene State, 70-68, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
Tied 12-12 after the opening five minutes of play, Keene State took the lead with a 16-5 run over the next five minutes, fueled by 12 points from junior guard Ryan Martin (Wayne, ME/Maranacook HS). The Corsairs pulled back into the game with eight points from Lance Greene in five minutes, and a pair of free throws from freshman guard Jake Laga (Northampton, MA/Northampton HS) tied the game at 32-32 with 4:52 to play in the first half. UMD outscored the Owls 9-4 in the final minutes of the first half, making it 41-36 at halftime.
Keene State closed the gap with six points from junior forward Rashad Wright (Agawam, MA/South Kent HS) in the first two minutes of play in the second half, and a jumper from Martin allowed Keene State to regain the lead at 46-45 lead with 14:58 to play. The Corsairs took the lead back on their next possession, and then executed a 12-3 run in five minutes, taking their largest lead of the half, 57-49, with 9:09 on the clock. The Owls whittled away at the Corsair lead, and pulled within a point, 62-61, on a jumper from Martin at the 4:14 mark. The final three minutes of play had four lead changes. A layup from KSC senior forward Ollie Hunter (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin HS) with 2:43 to play gave the Owls a 65-64 lead, and after a pair of free throws by UMD senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) put the Corsairs ahead, the Owls scored on consecutive possessions with baskets from Martin and senior forward Cody Snow (Leyden, MA/Pioneer Regional HS) and took a lead for good. UMD had a chance to win the game on their final possession, but a three-pointer from senior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) was off the mark, and Keene State walked off with the 70-68 victory.
"We battled hard today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "It was a winnable game, but we made some mistakes down the stretch that cost us. [Ryan] Martin had a big game for them, he's a good player and he made a lot of tough shots today. We are a little thin with injuries, so our starters are playing more minutes. We have played two good teams down to the wire in our last two games, so we just have to regroup, stay positive, keep working the way we've been working and some good things should happen."
Greene led UMD with a career-high 29 points, shooting 10-of-14 from the floor and 9-of-13 from the foul line, with a game-high 11 rebounds. Freshman forward Alex Rodrigues (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) added 12 points and five rebounds, while Laga chipped in nine points, three rebounds and two assists. Martin led all scorers with a game-high 34 points on 11-of-16 shooting. Martin was 4-of-6 from three-point range and 8-of-8 from the foul line. Wright tallied nine points with four rebounds, and Snow netted six points in the win.
The Corsairs dropped to 8-9 and 2-5 in the Little East Conference with the loss, while the Owls improved to 12-4 and 6-1 in the LEC with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host UMass Boston in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. Keene State will visit Eastern Connecticut Tuesday evening.
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