DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Senior Arinze Obiora (Hyde Park, Mass.) scored 24 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season as UMass Dartmouth extended its winning streak to three straight with an 88-73 Little East Conference men’s basketball victory over Rhode Island College Wednesday evening at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The two teams traded five point first half advantages before settling for a 38-38 tie at the break, but the host Corsairs (16-6, 10-3 LEC) scored 16 of the first 23 points after intermission to take a nine point lead (54-45) on freshman Marcus Azor’s (Brockton, Mass.) jumper with 14:53 remaining. The visiting Anchormen (13-9, 6-7 LEC) whittled their deficit back to five on a pair of occasions, the last coming on freshman Tamar Williams’ (New Haven, Conn.) lay-in with 6:05 to go, but UMass Dartmouth used a decisive 14-0 run in nearly five minutes of action to expand its edge to 19 (86-67) with 1:30 to play and ice its 12th triumph in the last 14 outings dating back to December 6th.
Azor added 20 points, seven assists and three steals in the win for the Corsairs, who received 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists from fellow freshman Sean Leahy (Hanson, Mass.). Freshman Adam Seablom (Lakeville, Mass.) completed the quartet of double figure scorers with 11 points for the hosts, who received nine points and four caroms from senior Atakan Akcam (Ankara, Turkey). Junior Marquis Jones (Randolph, Mass.) and sophomore Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) combined for 10 points and six rebounds for UMass Dartmouth, which shot 54 percent (37-68) from the field overall and used a 50-27 rebounding advantage to score 46 points in the paint, including 13 offensive rebound conversions into 20 second chance points.
Sophomore Adham Floyd (Worcester, Mass.) scored 20 points and grabbed three rebounds in the setback for Rhode Island College, while senior Justin Campbell (New Haven, Conn.) added 18 points that included the 1,000th of his career. Williams chipped in with 11 points for the visitors, who received seven points from freshman Deyshawn Tengbeh (East Providence, R.I.) along with six points and seven boards from junior Benjamin Vezele (Providence, R.I.). The Anchormen shot 39 percent (26-67) from the floor and canned 10 three-pointers (five from Floyd) on the evening, but 13 turnovers led to 22 Corsair points in the contest.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Plymouth, N.H. on Saturday afternoon for a Little East Conference clash with Plymouth State that tips-off at 3:00 pm, while Rhode Island College hosts Keene State in a Little East matchup on Saturday afternoon in Providence, R.I. that also tips off at 3:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '19)