Jan. 27, 2009
BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team built a 42-13 halftime lead and went on to defeat host UMass Boston, 73-44, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Clark Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs, who jumped out to an 11-point lead midway through the first half, held the Beacon to just five points in the final 12:31 of the first half. UMass Dartmouth scored 21 consecutive points during an eight minute span in the first half, opening a 32-8 lead with 4:26 left before halftime. Junior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS/UMass Lowell) scored the first eight points of the run on a jumper and two three-pointers, junior guard Tyler Turtoro (Shelton, CT/Shelton HS) then hit a three-pointer and a lay-up, and junior forward Matt Walker (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) capped the surge with a lay-up and a pair of treys.
After James St. Fleur's lay-up opened the second half for the Beacons, Walker hit a three-pointer and two lay-ups, then followed a trey by sophomore forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) with another one of his own as UMass Dartmouth opened a 40-point lead, 55-15 with 16:28 to play.
Walker finished with 12 of 15 shots from the field, including six of seven for a career-high 30 points in only 19 minutes of play. He also grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots. Shelton added 13 points for the Corsairs, who made 17 of 33 shots from the field in the first half. Anthony Brewster led UMB with nine points. He also grabbed nine rebounds as the Beacons out rebounded UMass Dartmouth, 44-42. The Corsairs used 14 steals to force 27 turnovers while committing 14, and held UMass Boston to just 26.8 per cent from the field.
"I was happy with the way we played," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We played hard, and we played under control the whole time. Matt Walker had a great game, and it was a good win. We have a three-game week this week, and we should be fresh with almost everyone playing 20 minutes or less."
The Corsairs improved to 15-2 and 7-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Beacons dropped to 2-16 and 0-8 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Southern Maine Saturday.