Feb. 10, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI-Host Rhode Island College outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team in the second half, 45-34 and went on to defeat the Corsairs, 82-71, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Murray Center Tuesday evening.
RIC used a 21-6 run just after the second half began to seize a 60-45 advantage with 10:47 remaining. Kaseem Johnson made three lay-ups during the run, Wil Lyons added a pair, and Bobby Bailey capped the surge with a three-pointer.
UMass Dartmouth fought back, using a jump shot by junior guard Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) and a three-pointer by junior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS/UMass Lowell) to cut the lead to 10 points at 60-50. The Anchormen responded by scoring the next eight points and led, 68-50, with 7:19 left.
The Corsairs used a 16-6 run, capped by a free throw and lay-up by senior guard Reece Freeman (Cambridge, MA/Rindge & Latin HS) to make it 74-66 with 1:54 to play. But RIC made seven of eight free throws down the stretch to preserve their lead.
Shelton of UMD led all scorers with 23 points; junior forward Matt Walker (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) added 13, Macchi had 12 and Freeman contributed 11. Antone Gray had 18 for the Anchormen, Johnson had 15, Mason Choice added 14 and Bailey had 13. Shelton had 11 rebounds for a double double, but Johnson grabbed 12 for RIC, which had a 36-32 edge on the boards. The Corsairs forced 21 turnovers while committing 16, but the Anchormen made 60.4 per cent of their shots from the field to 39.7 per cent for UMD.
"They beat our press, and they got lay-ups," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We got too far behind. We were more aggressive against them tonight than we were the last time we played them, but they handled the press a lot better than they did last time. It was a disappointing loss."
The Corsairs dropped to 19-3 and 9-2 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Anchormen improved to 17-4 and 10-1 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Eastern Connecticut State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday.