Feb. 19, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team defeated visiting Keene State, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader on Senior Day at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth had four players achieve double figures in scoring during the contest. Senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) and junior guard Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) each scored a team-high 18 points. Stephens was 5-of-9 from three-point range with four rebounds while Burns shot 7-of-12 from the floor with eight rebounds. Junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/No. Cambridge/Mass Bay CC) netted 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point, with five assists and four rebounds. Junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) added 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Corsairs. UMD shot 50% (34-of-68) from the field, including 38.7% (12-of-31) from three-point range and 70% (7-of-10) from the free throw line.
Keene State sophomore guard Anthony Mariano (Naugatuck, CT/Naugatuck HS) came off the bench to lead all scorers with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Sophomore guard Ryan Martin (Wayne, ME/Maranancook HS) recorded 14 points with two assists and two rebounds while junior guard Steve Boudreau (North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) chipped in 11 points in the loss. Keene State shot 43.8% (28-of-64) from the floor and 70% (14-of-20) from the free-throw line.
UMD outrebounded the Owls, 44-31, during the game.
The Corsairs jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, behind five points from Burns, in the opening two minutes. A bucket by Martin pulled the Owls within one point, 12-11, with 14:47 to play. UMD executed a 12-3 run over the next three minutes, fueled by six points from Pulver. The Owls answered back with a 19-11 run in six minutes, making the score 35-33 UMD, with 5:48 remaining in the first half. At the 2:47 mark, the Owls took their first lead since the opening play of the game, 43-41. UMD and Keene State exchanged buckets over the final minutes of the half with the Owls going into the halftime with a 50-48 advantage.
A layup by Pulver with 15:54 to play regained a 55-54 lead for the Corsairs. A basket from freshmen center Kadeem Wint (Dorchester, MA/Boston Trinity Academy) gave the Corsairs an eight-point advantage, 64-56, with 12:59 on the clock. A jumper by Boudreau at the 8:24 mark capped off an 11-4 run by the Owls to regain a 68-67 lead. The Corsairs tied the game twice more at 69-69 and 71-71, and four consecutive points from Rose gave UMD a 75-73 advantage. The Corsairs closed the game on a 12-1 run, securing the 87-74 victory on Senior Day. Stephens and fellow seniors Kyle Yeadon (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) and John Kanarski (Marblehead, MA/Marblehead HS) were honored prior to the game.
"It was a nice win for those three seniors," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "All three guys are four year players and it's a nice way to go out. It was a game of swings and spurts where both teams shot the ball well and I think it came down that we made a few more stops on the defensive end in the second half."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 11-14 and 7-7 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Keene State fell to 16-7 and 8-6 in LEC play with the defeat. Both teams will return to action when they face-off in the first round of the Little East Conference playoffs at Keene State Tuesday evening. UMASS DARTMOUTH BASKETBALL