Dec. 7, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- Senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) scored a team-high 16 points as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team defeated visiting Worcester State, 85-68, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Corsair junior guards Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS) and Collin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI), along with Stephens, led the charge offensively. Klepadlo netted 15 points, shooting 4-of-7 from three-point range, while Burns added 13 points with eight rebounds and a game-high four assists. Freshman guard Jon Pavao (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) added eight points off the bench. UMass Dartmouth shot 45% (33-of-73) from the floor, including 43% (12-of-28) from behind the three-point arc and 54% (7-of-13) from the free throw line.
Worcester State had three players amass double-digit points in the loss. Lancer sophomore forward Monte Goodwin (Boston, MA/Delmont HS) registered a game-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting with six rebounds while freshman guard Emmanuel Ferraud (Worcester, MA/South HS) chipped in 17 points. Senior forward Dave Douillette (Bridgewater, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) scored 11 points with four rebounds. Worcester State shot 44% (23-of-54) from the field, 20% (2-of-10) from three-point range and 80% (20-of-25) from the charity stripe.
The Corsairs outrebounded the Lancers, 40-35, during the contest.
Following the opening tip, UMass Dartmouth scored the first seven points, garnering a lead that they never relinquished. After the first four minutes of play, the Corsairs found themselves with a 12-6 advantage that they pushed to 42-17, after a 30-11 run over a seven-minute period. With 4:10 remaining in the first half, a jumper by junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic/Mass Bay CC) put the Corsairs up 48-21. The Lancers outscored the Corsairs 7-6 over the final four minutes of the half, making the score 54-28 at halftime.
The Corsairs opened the second half of play on a 12-7 run, giving them a 66-35 advantage with 15:30 left to play. The Corsairs maintained a 30-point lead over the next six minutes, even reaching their biggest lead of 32 points, 78-46, with 9:26 on the clock. The Lancers built a 17-4 run over the final eight minutes of play but it wasn't enough to dig out of the hole they were in, resulting in the final score of 85-68 in favor of UMass Dartmouth.
"It was a good win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "I thought we played great for the first twenty minutes, the second half got a little sloppy. We were able to play a lot of people and get the subs adjusted to playing time. There is a lot of teaching going on in practice, a lot of repetition and I have seen improvement from where we started. They worked hard and the effort is definitely there."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 3-3 with the victory, while Worcester State dropped to 1-6 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Tufts Thursday evening. WSU will host Colby-Sawyer Saturday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.
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