Men's Basketball Falls To Bowdoin In Hampton Inn Basketball Classic Championship Game
Nov. 19, 2011
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.