Jan. 19, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA) poured in a game-high 32 points to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 88-76, this evening in a Little East Conference contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the UMass Boston campus. The Corsairs improve to 11-5 overall and 4-2 in LEC play, while the Beacons fall to 3-14 and 1-5. . Stephens combined with sophomore center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA) (21 points) and senior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA) (20 points) to score 73 of UMass Dartmouth's 88 points.
UMass Boston owned a 23-21 lead with 6:39 to go in the first half, before the Corsairs closed out the half on a 21-6 run, fueled by eight points from Stephens and seven from Sheldon, to give them a 42-29 halftime lead.
Freshman guard Jason White (Roxbury, MA) made a lay-up with 18:32 to play in the game to pull the Beacons to within 44-36, but UMass Dartmouth went on a furious 20-7 stretch, led by 14 points from Stephens to give the Corsairs their largest lead at 64-43 with 13:21 showing in the second half. UMass Boston responded by ripping off 10 unanswered points to cut the deficit to 64-53 with 11:29 remaining in the contest. UMass Dartmouth hit the next two field goals to increase its lead to 68-53 over the next 39 seconds, before the Beacons put together a 12-4 stretch, capped by a three-pointer from sophomore swingman Kyle King (Springfield, MA) to pull them to within 72-65 with 7:11 to play in the game, but it would be as close as they would come the rest of the way.
The Corsairs stretched their lead out to 82-68 with 3:12 left in the contest and UMass Boston whittled the margin to seven points at 83-76 with 2:06 to go, but the final five points were scored by the visitors.
The Corsairs opened up a five-point margin in the first half at 19-14 with 9:10 showing on the first half clock, before UMass Boston took the 23-21 lead on a 9-2 run.
Stephens was 13-25 from the floor and added six rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals for UMass Dartmouth, while Greene was 9-17 from the field in addition to a game-high 14 boards, five steals, two blocks and four assists. Shelton added five rebounds, two assists, three steals and a pair of blocks to his night.
King led the Beacons with a career-high 21 points on 8-11 from the floor, including 2-2 from three-point range in addition to five rebounds and four steals. White ended the evening with 17 points on 7-14 from the field to go with seven rebounds and four assists, while senior forward Ernst Jean (Malden, MA) chipped in with 13 points, nine rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot in 21 minutes off the bench.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Saturday, January 23 when it travels to Keene, NH to take on Little East Conference foe Keene State College at 3:00 p.m., while the Corsairs host Plymouth State University on January 23 at 3:00 p.m.