Feb. 15, 2011
PROVIDENCE, RI-Host Rhode Island College built a 46-20 halftime lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team, 75-54, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Murray Center Tuesday evening.
Leading 17-11 with 12:59 to play in the first half, the Anchormen scored 29 of the next 38 points to take a 46-20 lead into the halftime break. Carl Lee and Antone Gray ignited the run for RIC with three-pointers. After junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/No. Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) connected from three-point range to cut the Anchormen's lead to 26-17 with 8:42 left in the first half, the Corsairs were held to a single point during the next 6:56, until junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley HS) made a pair of free throws with 1:46 remaining prior to halftime. A 7-0 run midway through the second half, fueled by a three-pointer by senior forward Kyle Yeadon (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) and a pair of baskets by freshman forward Kadeem Wint (Dorchester, MA/Boston Trinity Academy) allowed UMD to cut their deficit to 64-48 with 6:32 to play, but the Corsairs could come no closer.
Wint led UMass Dartmouth with 10 points. Lee had 24 to lead all scorers. Gray added 14, and Mike Akinrola contributed 10. Wint had six rebounds, while Akinrola and Mason Choice each had five for RIC, which outrebounded UMD, 44-35. The Anchormen made 53.1 per cent of their shots in the first half to 22.7 per cent for the Corsairs.
"We were behind right from the get go," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "In the first half, we didn't play well. We were slow in reacting, we didn't get to their shooters quickly enough, they had open shots, and they made them. Our offense was stagnant, we didn't do a good job of moving the ball, and we didn't do a good job of running our offensive sets. It was a mess right from the beginning. We made a little bit of a run in the second half, but nothing significant."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 10-14 and 6-7 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Rhode Island College improved to 16-7 and 10-3 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Keene State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader on Senior Day Saturday. The Anchormen will visit Plymouth State Saturday.
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