Jan. 19, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Boston men's basketball team defeated UMass Dartmouth, 73-62, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Senior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) scored a game-high 22 points on 6-of-17 shooting, with five assists and three rebounds. Junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA/Pioneer Valley HS) added 10 points and a team-high six rebounds. Junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) chipped in nine points while junior guard Colin Burns scored eight points in the loss. UMass Dartmouth shot 38.3% (23-of-60) from the floor and 22.7% (5-of-22) from three-point range.
The Beacons had three players amass double-digit point totals in the win. Junior guard Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy/Savio Prep) came off the bench for a team-high 17 points and four rebounds. Senior forward Pat Joseph (Queens, NY/Springfield Gardens HS) tallied 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while junior guard Michael Mitchell Jr. (Boston, MA/Wayland HS) registered 14 points, seven rebound and three assists. UMass Boston shot 53.1% (26-of-49) from the field, including 50% (4-of-8) from behind the three-point arc, and 70.8% (17-of-24) from the free throw line.
The Beacons outrebounded the Corsairs, 37-30, during the contest.
With 17:13 left to play in the first half, the Corsairs held a 4-3 lead, which would be the last time UMass Dartmouth had the lead during the game. UMass Boston executed a 15-4 run over the next minutes, pushing their lead to 21-8. A three-pointer by Jenkins with 4:08 on the clock gave the Beacons their largest lead of the half, 28-14. UMass Dartmouth outscored the Beacons, 15-12, to close out the first half but the Corsairs still faced a 40-29 deficit at the break.
The Corsairs continued their offensive momentum, starting the second half with a 13-6 run, making the score 46-42 with 16:50 left to play. The teams exchanged baskets over next ten minutes and a jumper by Burns pulled the Corsairs within three, 59-56, with 5:45 remaining in the half. An ensuing 8-0 run by the Beacons put them up for good, resulting in the 73-62 victory.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 6-10 and 3-3 in the Little East Conference with the loss, while UMass Boston improved to 7-9 and 1-5 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Plymouth State in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. The Beacons will host Keene State Saturday.
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