Dec. 12, 2009
DANBURY, CT-Host Western Connecticut State outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team, 9-5 during the final 2:55 and went on to defeat the Corsairs, 90-86, in a Little East Conference game at Feldman Arena Saturday.
DaQuan Brooks broke an 81-81 tie when his three-pointer gave the Colonials an 84-81 lead with 2:48 remaining. Mark Redding's free throw made it 85-81, but sophomore guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA/North Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) hit a lay-up with 1:55 left to make it 85-83. David Addy and Tyshawn Gillespie each hit free throws to make it 87-83, but Rose connected from three-point range to cut the lead to 87-86 with 17 seconds left. Wilburt Jarrett then dunked for a three-point WCSU lead, and added a free throw with two seconds left to account for the final score.
The Corsairs built a 46-42 halftime lead, then extended it to 62-52 with 14:09 remaining But the Colonials used a 21-5 run to take a 73-67 lead with 7:45 left. UMD fought back, tying the game at 79-79 on a lay-up by senior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS/UMass Lowell) with 3:36 left, then again at 81-81 on a lay-up by sophomore center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) with 2:55 to play.
"It was a very disappointing loss," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We didn't take advantage of our opportunities, and they out rebounded us. We were in control for a lot of the game, but we didn't play well down the stretch, and we missed some free throws. We turned them over a lot, but we didn't do a good job of keeping them off the glass, and they played better than we did when the game was on the line."
senior forward Matt Walker (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) connected on a pair of three-point field goals that helped the Corsairs extend their advantage.
Greene led UMass Dartmouth with 19 points, Shelton added 18, Rose had 15 and junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) added 12. Brooks had 21 for WCSU, Leroy Mayers had 19, Jarrett had 15 and Cody Bayne 11. Rose had five steals as the Corsairs forced 28 turnovers, but Mayers had 15 rebounds and Redding had 13 as Western Connecticut out rebounded UMD, 47-27.
The Corsairs dropped to 6-2 and 1-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Colonials improved to 8-1 and 2-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will break for the holidays, returning to action when they visit Orlando for the ECAC Disney World Classic January 2nd and 3rd.