Nov. 19, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team scored the final 17 points of the first half against visiting Thomas, took a 49-30 halftime lead, and held off a late charge to post a 98-83 victory over the Terriers in the first round of the Hampton Inn Classic at the Tripp Athletic Center Friday evening.
Trailing, 37-32, UMass Dartmouth got a three-pointer from senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) and back to back layups from junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) to take the lead. Stephens then hit back-to-back three-pointers. Junior forward Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) and freshman guard Emmanuel Tarwoe (Worcester, MA/Worcester North HS) closed the run by each hitting a pair of free throws.
A three-pointer by junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) and a layup by junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley HS) staked UMD to a 19-point advantage, 66-47 with 15:16 remaining in the second half. But the Terriers rallied, outscoring the Corsairs, 30-14 during the next eight and a half minutes to close to within three points at 80-77 with 6:45 left. Freshman guard Jon Pavao (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) and Klepadlo then made layups, Burns and Tarwoe each added a pair of free throws, and Klepadlo hit another layup that capped a 10-0 run that sealed the verdict.
Stephens led five Corsairs in double figures with 18 points, Burns, Rose and freshman forward Steve Gandy (Oak Bluffs, MA/Martha's Vineyard HS) each had 13, and Klepadlo had 11. Sophomore guard Jarrad DeVaughn (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) of the Terriers led all scorers with 22 points, freshman guard Franklin Salvador (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) had 17, and sophomore forward Francisco Alicea (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) and senior guard Isaiah Braithwaite (Farmington, ME/Mt. Blue HS) had 15 each.
"I'm very happy with our effort," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. With nine new players, there's been a lot of teaching, we've had to slow things down, and as we've scaled back, we've been able to catch on. We worked hard, but we showed a bit of inexperience when Thomas made that run. We need to get a hand in their face, recognize their opportunities, and not give up easy looks."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 1-0 with the victory, while Thomas dropped to 0-1 with the defeat. The Corsairs will play Middlebury, a 63-60 winner over Baruch for the championship at 3:00 Saturday. The Terriers will play Baruch for third place at 1:00 Saturday.