Feb. 5, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team defeated visiting Southern Maine, 73-62, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
Senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) and junior guard Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) led the Corsairs offensively with a combined 40 points. Stephens scored 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting, with three rebounds while Burns also netted 20 points, shooting 7-of-14 from the floor with four rebounds and three assists. Junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley HS) chipped in nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Freshman guard Emmanuel Tarwoe (Worcester, MA/Worcester North HS) also snared a team-high seven rebounds along with six points. UMD shot 46% (29-of-63) from the field and 68.8% (11-of-16) from the free-throw line.
Huskies senior forward Otis Smith (Altamonte Springs, FL/Ocoee HS) notched a double-double in the loss. Smith scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Junior guard Chris Pagentine (Lexington, NC/North Davidson HS) added 12 points and seven rebounds while senior guard Devin Chambers (Memphis, TN/Oak Hill Academy) had seven points, three rebounds and three assists. Southern Maine shot 40.4% (23-of-57) from the floor and 70% (14-of-20) from the free-throw line. The Huskies outrebounded the Corsairs 40-37 during the contest.
Burns converted a layup to cap off an 8-2 run by the Corsairs to open the game. Five consecutive points from Smith pulled the Huskies within one point, 10-9, with 13:54 on the clock. Six points from Burns pushed the Corsairs lead to 16-9 but five points from Smith knocked the lead back to 16-14 with 10:07 remaining in the first half. A three-pointer by Pagentine gave the Huskies their first lead, 21-20, at the 5:59 mark. The Corsairs executed an 8-2 run over the next four minutes to regain a 28-23 lead. Southern Maine closed out the first half with three free throws, making the score 28-26 at the break.
The Corsairs continued their momentum in the second half, opening with a 16-4 run, pushing their lead to 44-30. An 11-6 run by the Huskies cut the UMD lead down to nine points, 50-41, with 10:57 to play. Five points from Stephens fueled an 11-2 run by the Corsairs to give them a 61-43 lead with 8:39 on the clock. A tip-in by freshman center Kadeem Wint (Dorchester, MA/Boston Trinity Academy) at the 2:26 mark gave UMass Dartmouth their largest lead of the game, 73-54. The Huskies closed the game on an 8-0 run, resulting in the 73-62 victory from the Corsairs.
"Any win at this point is a good win for us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We didn't play particularly well, in the second half we picked up the tempo a little bit and played with more intensity and that converted into us getting some easy baskets and turning them over to extend our lead. We are playing better as a team and hopefully we can build on this over the final weeks of the season."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 9-12 and 5-5 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Southern Maine dropped to 9-12 and 1-9 in LEC play with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit UMass Boston in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. The Huskies will host Plymouth State Tuesday.
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