Feb. 11, 2012
WILLIMANTIC, CT-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team fell to host Eastern Connecticut State, 72-65, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Geissler Gymnasium Saturday.
Eastern Connecticut grabbed an early 13-7 lead over the opening six minutes, behind five points from senior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury, CT/Nonnewaug HS). UMass Dartmouth rallied back on a three-pointer from senior guard Colin Burns(Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI), giving the Corsairs their first lead of the game, 23-22, with 7:33 to play. The teams exchanged buckets for the next three minutes, then trailing 27-26, Eastern Connecticut closed the first half on a 12-6 run, taking a 38-33 lead into the break.
UMD pulled to within two, 40-38, with a layup from senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) and a three-pointer from senior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS). Over the next six minutes, the Warriors orchestrated a 15-4 run, fueled by nine points from senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY/Irvington HS), taking a 55-42 lead with 12:02 to play. UMD scored five consecutive points in under a minute, making it 55-47 with 10:38 on the clock. Eastern Connecticut built their lead back up with a 10-4 run, featuring six points from senior forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia, CT/Conventry HS), regaining a 65-51 advantage with 6:25 to play. The Corsairs battled back with a 12-2 run, behind seven points from Burns and four points from senior center Justin Pulver(Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales HS). Eastern Connecticut closed the game out with clutch free throw shooting, making 5-of-6 attempts, en route to 72-65 victory.
"With two-and-a-half minutes left, we were only down by four," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We had a couple of chances to close the gap and we didn't capitalize on them. We had to foul them and they made their free throws and got it stretched out at the end. We fell behind, but we came back and we stayed with them until the end."
Burns led UMass Dartmouth offensively with a tied game-high of 20 points, shooting 8-of-14 from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point range, with three steals, two rebounds and two assists. Greene notched a double-double with 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Freshman center Alex Rodrigues(Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) added nine points and three rebounds in the loss. Eastern Connecticut had four players with double-digit point totals in the game. Nedwick had a game-high 20 points, connecting on 9-of-16 attempts, with three assists and two rebounds. Levy scored 19 points with two steals and two assists. Kohn grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds with 12 points, while junior forward Chris Robitaille (Canton, CT/Canton HS) tallied 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks in the win.
The Corsairs shot 43.9% (28-of-57) from the field, including 35% (7-of-20) from three-point range, while Eastern Connecticut was 48.3% (28-of-58) from the floor and 25% (4-of-16) from three-point. The Warriors out rebounded the Corsairs, 34-32, and forced 21 turnovers while giving up 16 turnovers.
The Corsairs dropped to 11-12 and 5-7 in the Little East Conference with the loss, while the Warriors improved to 18-5 and 9-3 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit UMass Boston in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening.
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