Men's Basketball Falls To Bowdoin In Hampton Inn Basketball Classic Championship Game

Men's Basketball Falls To Bowdoin In Hampton Inn Basketball Classic Championship Game

Nov. 19, 2011

Final Stats

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team fell to visiting Bowdoin, 66-61, in the championship game of the Hampton Inn Classic at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.

Senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) led the Corsairs offensively with a double-double. Greene had a team-high 21 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, shooting 5-of-14 from the field and 11-of-14 from the free throw line. Freshman forward Alex Kershaw (Stoughton, MA/Oliver Ames HS/Tilton Prep) added 11 points and four rebounds, while sophomore Eleazar Clayton (Boston, MA/East Boston HS/Monroe CC) scored 10 points with seven rebounds in the loss. The Corsairs shot 29.9% (20-of-67) from the floor, including 25% (4-of-16) from three-point range and 85% (17-of-20) from the free throw line.

Bowdoin senior forward Will Hanley netted a game-high 24 points with a team-high 15 rebounds during the contest. Senior guard Ryan O'Connell (Ipswich, MA/St. John's Prep) scored 16 points, shooting 5-of-8 from the floor. Sophomore guard Andrew Madlinger (Basking Ridge, NJ/Ridge HS) and freshman guard Bryan Hurley (Watertown, MA/Boston College HS) each tallied 10 points in the win. The Polar Bears were 50% (22-of-44) from the floor, 69.2% (9-of-13) from three-pointer range and 72.2% (13-of-18) from the free-throw line.

The opening minutes of the game featured back-and-forth play from both teams, which resulted in four ties and four lead changes. Bowdoin executed a 20-4 run over the next six minutes, taking a commanding 32-16 lead with 6:57 to play in the first half. The Corsairs battled back, scoring seven unanswered points, making it 32-23. The teams exchanged baskets down the stretch and two free throws from Hanley to close out the half gave Bowdoin a 36-25 lead at the break.

Bowdoin maintained their lead during the opening minutes of the second half, but Greene made two consecutive buckets to pull UMD to within six, 40-34. The Polar Bears orchestrated another run, a 15-5 effort over a six minute span, fueled by five points from Hanley. The Corsairs pulled back into the game again, with a 12-2 run of their own, paced by eight points from freshman guard Jake Laga (Northampton, MA/Northampton HS), making the score 57-51 with 4:52 on the clock. A three-pointer from O'Connell and a pair of free throws from Madlinger regained a double-digit lead for Bowdoin. UMD closed the game on a 8-2 run, but failed to provide enough offense to cut into their deficit, ultimately falling to the Polar Bears, 66-61.

"In the first half, I thought we had a defensive lapse in the middle of the half where they went on a big run," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We did a much better job, defensively, in the second half. We could've played a bit smarter offensively, we had some free pull up jumpers that we didn't take. We forced some shots going to the rim against a bigger opponent and they ended up being bad opportunities. We need to improve our rebounding to help Lance [Greene]. Clayton could be that guy, he's a strong insider player, but he had some foul trouble today. We need our perimeter players to knock down some jump shots. [Sophomore guard] Jeff Tagger (Brockton, MA/Catholic Memorial HS/Clark) is doing a good job of facilitating the offense and creating opportunities. I think we have all the pieces to be a very good team this year."

Hanley was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. He was joined by Maine-Farmington sophomore guard Yusaf Iman (Auburn, ME/Edward Little HS), Mount Saint Vincent senior guard Jon Moore (Cleveland, OH/Collingwood HS), Greene, O'Connell, and Madlinger on the All-Tournament Team.

The Corsairs dropped to 1-2 with the defeat, while the Polar Bears improved to 2-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth/ will return to action when they host Brandeis Tuesday evening. Bowdoin will host Saint Joseph's (Maine) Tuesday evening.