Nov. 20, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The visiting University of New England outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team, 13-2 in the final four minutes and four seconds and came from behind to defeat the Corsairs, 86-84, in the second game of the Hampton Inn Classic at the Tripp Athletic Center Friday evening.
Sophomore guard Victor Oruonyehu (Austin, TX/Crockett HS) canned a three-pointer from the left side with 1:12 left to give the Nor'Easters the lead for the first time since the 7:22 mark of the first half. UMass Dartmouth drew a foul on their subsequent possession. Senior guard Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) made one of two free throws, then fouled UNE junior guard Kadare Brown (Baton Rouge, LA/Istrouma HS), who made one of his two foul shots.
UMass Dartmouth called two time outs, then got the ball to senior forward Matt Walker (Brockton, MA/ Brockton HS), who missed a three-pointer from the corner. Sophomore guard Anthony Johnson of the Nor'Easters was fouled with six seconds left, and missed both free throws, and Macchi grabbed the rebound. The Corsairs raced down court, and a driving shot by senior forward Brandon Shelton missed just before time expired, and Macchi tried to tip it in but time ran out.
A 20-7 run in the final seven minutes of the first half staked UMass Dartmouth to a 41-29 halftime advantage. Sophomore center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) scored five consecutive points on a free throw and a pair of layups to make it 32-23, Walker two free throws and a layup, and a layup and three free throws by Macchi accounted for the final five points of the first half.
Walker's free throw, a three-pointer by senior guard Tyler Turtoro (Shelton, CT/Shelton HS) and Greene's free throw staked UMD to their biggest advantage, 64-48 with 13:22 to play. A 19-6 UNE run, capped by a trey by junior guard J.J. Roseman (Dallas, TX/Grand Prairie HS), cut the lead to 70-67 with 6:17 left. UMD stretched their lead to 10 points, 82-72 before the Nor'Easters rallied for the final time.
"It's a 40 minute game, and we only played for 38 and a half minutes," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We didn't execute well towards the end of he game, we didn't take care of the ball, they nickled and dimed us and they made the big three-pointer. Shells (Brandon Shelton) had a good look at the end, we just came up short. They're a very aggressive team. They did a better job of pressing than we did tonight, and forced us into uncharacteristic turnovers."
Macchi had 20 points for the Corsairs, junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) had 19, Walker had 14, Shelton had 12 and Greene added 10. Johnson had 22 for UNE, sophomore forward Quentin Thompson (Austin, TX/Travis) added 16, Oruonyehu had 14 and Roseman 13.
The Corsairs dropped to 1-1 with the defeat, while the Nor'Easters improved to 2-1 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will play Springfield, a 61-56 loser to Wheelock in the first game, for third place at the Hampton Inn Classic at 1:00 Saturday afternoon. The University of New England will play Wheelock Saturday for first place.