DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Junior Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) scored 27 points, including six-three-pointers, to lead UMass Dartmouth to an 89-46 victory over Husson in opening round play of the 22nd Annual Lafrance Hospitality Tournament Friday evening at the Tripp Athletic Center. The other first round contest saw Trinity notch a 93-74 triumph over Bard.
The host Corsairs (3-0) shot 50 percent in the opening half to take a 43-26 advantage at the break, and UMass Dartmouth held the visiting Eagles (1-1) without a field goal for the first 10-plus minutes after intermission. Sophomore Adam Seablom (Lakeville, Mass.) added 15 points and three assists for the winners, who received 12 points off the bench from freshman Taylor Carlson (Wareham, Mass.). Sophomore Marcus Azor (Brockton, Mass.) netted nine points for the Corsairs, who received eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds from senior Harry Alexander (Washington, D.C.) along with eight points, seven boards and three assists from sophomore Dhalyn Sanders-Dyer (Worcester, Mass.).
Sophomore J Thomas (Chicago, Ill.) paced Husson in the scoring column with nine points, while sophomore Brett Cunningham (Harrah, Okla.) and freshman Derek Collin (Bar Harbor, Maine) each added eight points and combined for 10 rebounds for the Eagles. The visitors shot 27 percent from the floor overall (including 7-29 in the final 20 minutes alone) and hurt themselves with 20 turnovers.
Senior guard Christian Porydzy (South Glastonbury, Conn.) scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures in the opening win for Trinity (1-0), which jumped out to a 10-point halftime advantage (45-35) and shot 50 percent (18-36) after intermission en route to the triumph. Senior Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) added 14 points and seven boards for the Bantams, who received 12 points each from senior Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) and junior Colin Donovan (Westboro, Mass.). Senior Jadakis Brooks (Elmira, N.Y.) rounded out the quintet in double figures with 11 points and eight caroms for Trinity, which received nine points and six rebounds from junior Donald Jorden (Tampa, Fla.).
Sophomore Avgoustinos Sofroniou (Limassol, Cyprus) posted a double-double performance with a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds in the setback for Bard (0-2), which received 17 points and five caroms from freshman Elliot Harris (Cambridge, Mass.). Freshman Stefanos Psarras (Athens, Greece) added 14 points and four assists for the Raptors, who received 13 points and three boards from sophomore Stamatis Koulouris (Athens, Greece). Bard shot 50 percent (29-58) from the field overall on the evening, but the Raptors hurt themselves with 25 turnovers.
Saturday’s third place game between Bard and Husson tips-off at Noon, while the title contest between UMass Dartmouth and Trinity follows at 2:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Kris Jean-Francois '23)