Dec. 8, 2011
MILTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team jumped out to a 41-20 halftime lead, then held off a late rally and went on to defeat host Curry, in a non-conference game at the Student Center Gymnasium Thursday evening.
Senior forward Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI and sophomore guard Jeff Tagger(Brockton, MA/Catholic Memorial HS/Taft HS/Clark) each hit a pair of early layups as the Corsairs took an early 8-1 lead. UMass Dartmouth continued to build their lead, taking a 25-4 advantage with 8:02 remaining in the first half.
The Colonels came back, outscoring the Corsairs, 17-2 late in the second half to close the gap to 56-51 with 3:26 remaining. But Tagger hit a jumper with 2:40 remaining, sophomore forward Eleazar Clayton (Boston, MA/East Boston HS/Monroe CC) added a pair of free throws with 1:37 left, and senior guard Alex Klepadlo, Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley Regional HS) connected from three-point range with 53 seconds to play to build the lead back up to 10 points at 63-53. Senior forward Colin Burns(Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) hit three free throws in the final 41 seconds for the Corsairs, while Sedale Jones drilled a three-pointer for the Colonels' final points.
Burns and senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) had 15 points apiece to lead the Corsairs, while Klepadlo added 14. Jones had 29 for Curry, but he was the only Colonel in double figures. Senior center Justin Pulver(Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) grabbed seven rebounds in just 10 minutes of play as UMD outrebounded Curry, 33-29. The Corsairs made 23 of 51 shots from the field for 45.1 per cent and 16 of 20 free throws for 80 per cent, while the Colonels were 20 of 51 from the field for 39.2 per cent and 10 of 17 from the line for 58.8 per cent.
"We played well in the first half, and they made a run in the second half and we were able to withstand it," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We got a good effort `from a lot of different guys, and Sedale Jones was outstanding for Curry, he started off at UMass and transferred to Curry and he's a real good scorer. He got on a run in the second half, and that's why they made a run at us. We hit our free throws down the stretch, and we defended pretty well overall."
The Corsairs improved to 5-3 with the victory, while the Colonels dropped to 2-5 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Plymouth State Saturday.