Feb. 18, 2012
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The Corsairs used a 18-5 run at the start of the game to take a commanding lead and went on to defeat visiting Southern Maine, 84-69, Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center. Saturday was Senior Day for UMass Dartmouth.
Prior to the game, senior guards Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI), Paul Rose (Boston, MA/No. Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC), Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Regional Valley HS) and senior centers Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) and Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) were honored.
In a game the Corsairs led from start to finish, they jumped out to an early 11-2 lead, behind six points from Burns. A three-pointer from Burns at the 16:06 mark put UMD up 14-5. The Corsairs outscored the Huskies, 16-5 over the next five minutes, and then a three-pointer from Rose gave the Corsairs a 30-10 advantage. A three-pointer from Burns with 6:06 to play in the first half gave UMD their largest lead of the game, 42-16. The Huskies closed the first half on a 12-5 run, powered by four points from sophomore guard Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, ME/Scarborough HS) and sophomore forward Tyler Penney (Barnstead, NH/Bishop Brady HS), making the score 47-28, at the half.
The teams opened the second half of play answering each another shot for shot, and then a lay-up from Pulver gave UMD a 61-38 lead with 13:48 to play. The Corsairs maintained a 20-point advantage over the next six minutes until a lay-up from USM sophomore center John Roberts (Portland, ME/Falmouth HS) cut the Huskies' deficit to 74-55 with 6:51 remaining. Southern Maine limited UMD to eight points in the final six minutes, but we unable to overcome the early first half surge, en route to the 84-69 victory for UMass Dartmouth.
"Today, we played really well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We had spurts of good play and not so good play, but that was a result of the big lead. Lance is having a Player of the Year type season and proves to be a difference maker for us. We didn't let down with a lack of effort or defense today, and we need to keep this effort level up as we go into the playoffs."
The Corsairs had four players with double-digit point totals during the contest. Pulver led all scorers with a career-high 25 points, shooting 12-of-17 from the floor, with nine rebounds. Greene recorded his sixteenth double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Burns added 15 points, connecting on 3-of-3 three-point attempts, while Rose dished out a game-high six assists, with 13 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Jeremy Jackson (Laplace, LA/Independence HS) had a double-double for the Huskies with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while junior guard Alex Kee (Bath, ME/Morse HS) notched 14 points in the loss. The Corsairs shot 46.5% (33-of-71) from the field, and 38.9% (7-of-18) from three-point range, and limited Southern Maine to 36.6% (26-of-71) from the floor. UMD out rebounded the Huskies, 45-42, and forced 17 turnovers.
The Corsairs improved to 13-12 and 7-7 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Huskies dropped to 10-14 and 3-11 in the LEC with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Keene State College in the first round of the Little East Conference playoffs on Tuesday night. This game was the final action of the season for Southern Maine.
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