Jan. 23, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team built a 16-point halftime lead en route to an 86-70 victory over visiting Plymouth State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
The Corsairs, who scored the first eight points of the game, raced to a 19-4m advantage with 13:28 remaining in the first half. Junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) got the run going with a pair of lay-ups and a three-pointer, sophomore center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) contributed a pair of free throws and a dunk, and junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) capped the run with a lay-up. PSU got a jumper from junior forward Tom Dowd (Portsmouth, NH/Portsmouth HS) and a free throw from senior guard Eric Hondal (Miami, FL/Piper HS) to cut the lead to 10 points at 19-9, but a 17-6 UMass Dartmouth streak made it 36-15 with 3:32 left in the first half.
Greene hit a lay-up, a dunk and a pair of free throws as the Corsairs built a 21-point advantage early in the second half, and the Panthers never came closer than 14 after that.
Stephens led all scorers with 23 points, Greene added 21, and sophomore guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS) contributed 19. O'Keefe had 20 points to lead PSU, and senior forward Mike Chergey (Bow, NH/Bow HS) had 10. Greene and senior forward Bryan Tracy of the Panthers (Manchester, NH/Central HS) each had eight rebounds, as Plymouth State out rebounded UMD, 38-35. But the Corsairs forced 17 turnovers while committing 11, and made 56.1 per cent of their shots from the field to 40.6 per cent for Plymouth State. Stephens made 10 of 13 shots from the field and scored his 23 points in 29 minutes. His total of 992 points in two and a half years as Corsair left him eight points short of the 1000 mark for his career.
"We played well on both ends of the court, especially in the first five minutes of the game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "Our press affected Plymouth State and made them turn the ball over, and we played well offensively and defensively. Our guys who came in off the bench did a better job in the second half, and it's a big help when we can give our starters a rest, due to the intense style that we play. Brandon (Stephens) is playing well, he scored 32 points Tuesday and had another good game today. He always gives everything he has on both ends of the court. Alex did a good job both on the press and on the fast break, and Lance has been scoring well lately, and has the potential to get 20 points and 10 rebounds every night."
The Corsairs improved to 12-5 and 5-2 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Panthers dropped to 11-6 and 4-3 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 Tuesday evening. Plymouth State will host Keene State Tuesday.