Feb. 8, 2011
BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team raced to a 43-26 halftime lead and went on to defeat host UMass Boston, 79-57, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Clark Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs took an early lead, scoring 21 of the game's first 27 points. After Paul Anderson gave UMass Boston a 3-0 lead with a three-pointer, UMass Dartmouth used a 21-3 run to grab a 15-point lead midway through the first half. Senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) and junior forward Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) combined for UMD's first eight points, then Stephens hit a three-pointer to make it 11-5. Junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley HS) and junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) each hit layups, then junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/No. Cambridge Catholic HS (Mass Bay CC) and senior forward Kyle Yeadon (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) capped the run with a pair of three-point field goals.
"We played well as a team on defense, we shot the ball well, and we did a good job taking the ball to the basket," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "Brandon had a good game, he shot the ball very well and did a good job taking the ball to the basket. Paul Rose had a good game, he had five assists at the half." Klepadlo's three-pointer in the waning moments of the first half gave the Corsairs a 43-26 halftime lead, and they built their lead in the second half, leading by as many as 29 points with 8:36 remaining.
Stephens made eight of 13 shots from the field and led all scorers with 24 points. Pulver added 15 for UMass Dartmouth, and Yeadon had 14. Isaac Jenkins had 23 points for the Beacons, while Anderson had 16. Pulver had 14 rebounds for a double double, while Jenkins had five rebounds for UMB as the Corsairs out rebounded the Beacons, 41-26. UMass Dartmouth made 50 per cent of their shots from the field, and held UMass Boston to 32 per cent.
"It was a total team effort," said Baptiste. "Everybody contributed, and everybody played very well. We got scoring from a lot of different people."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 10-12 and 6-5 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while UMass Boston dropped to 8-14 and 2-9 in LEC play with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Eastern Connecticut State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. The Beacons will host Plymouth State Saturday.
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