Dec. 9, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Junior guard Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponagnset/CCRI) poured in a game-hgh 24 points but it wasn't enough as The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team lost to visiting Tufts, 75-72, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening.
The Corsairs had four players reach double-digit points in the loss. Burns amassed his total on 9-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three point range, with four rebounds. Junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic/Mass Bay CC) scored 11 points while fellow junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley HS) added 10 points. Junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) came off the bench with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. UMass Dartmouth shot 42.2% (27-of-64) from the floor, 39.1% (9-of-23) from behind the three-point line and 56.3% (9-of-16) on free throws.
Tufts was led offensively by junior forward James Long (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) with a team-high 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Alex Goldfarb (New York, NY/Poly Prep CDS) netted 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-10 from three-point, and junior guard Amauris Quezada (New York, NY/Hill School) dished out a game-high six assists with 10 points in the win. The Jumbos shot 52.7% (29-of-55) from the field, 26.7% (4-of-15) from three-point range and 68.4% (13-of-19) from the charity stripe.
The Jumbos out rebounded the Corsairs, 37-33, during the contest.
After the opening jump, the Jumbos charged out to an early 9-2 lead with 15:04 left in the first half. Tufts slowly built a lead over the seven minutes, pushing the score to 25-13 with 7:44 on the clock. The Jumbos maintained a double digit lead over the Corsairs a majority of the first half, with their largest lead of 16 points, 34-18, coming at the 3:28 mark. A 9-4 run by the Corsairs cut their deficit to only nine, but consecutive layups by Jumbo freshman guard Kwame Firempong (Inglewood, CA/Winward School) put Tufts up 42-29 going in the half.
Corsair freshman guard Steve Handy (Oaks Bluffs, MA/Martha's Vineyard Regional) started the second half with five straight points, pulling UMD within nine with 17:24 left to play. Both squads exchanged baskets over the next 10 minutes but a three-pointer by Burns cut the Jumbo lead to seven points, 62-55, with 7:59 remaining. UMD continued to pressure Tufts and a 12-7 run by the Corsairs made the score 71-67 with 2:45 on the clock. The next two minutes remained scoreless, forcing the teams to fight to the final minute. Buckets by both teams made it 73-69, but a technical foul call against the Jumbos, after a foul was already committed, gave the Corsairs a golden opportunity to tie the game on free throws. Pulver missed both of his attempts and Burns only made one of his two chances, putting the score at 73-70 with nine seconds left. Burns hit two free throws late but a desperation three from Rose at the buzzer was off the rim, securing the 75-72 victory for Tufts.
"I thought we had turned the corner. This is a very disappointing loss. It was a game we should have won," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "I thought we played with more intensity in second half but it wasn't enough. You can't miss three out of four free throws with the game on the line. We didn't get the job done offensively in the first half and they did a good job with their post people and got some good second looks."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 3-4 with the loss, while Tufts improved to 4-4 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State Saturday in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader. Tufts will return to action at Roanoke's Morris Cregger Classic January 2nd.
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