MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO NATIONALLY-RANKED NO. 18 UMASS DARTMOUTH, 73-44
Jan. 27, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Junior guard Matt Walker (Brockton, MA) was unstoppable in 19 minutes of play, scoring a game-high 30 points to lead the number 18 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 73-44, this evening in a Little East Conference game at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 2-16 overall and 0-8 in LEC play, while the Corsairs, who are nationally-ranked by D3hoops.com, have won 11 of their last 12 games to improve to 15-2 and 7-1.
Freshman guard Robert Blue (Roxbury, MA) canned a jumper for UMass Boston at 14:16 of the first half to pull the hosts to within 7-6, but it would be as close as it would get in the game. UMass Dartmouth outscored the Beacons, 35-7, to close out the half for a 42-13 lead, led by 20 points in the stanza by Walker.
Freshman guard James St. Fleur Jr. (Brockton, MA) converted a fast break lay-up for the first points of the second half for UMass Boston, but the Corsairs ripped off 13 straight points, paced by 10 points from Walker for a 55-15 advantage for the visitors' largest lead of the night at 16:28 of the second half. The Beacons outscored UMass Dartmouth, 27-13 over the next 13 minutes, led by eight points from sophomore guard Anthony Brewster (Boston, MA/John D. O'Bryant), to cut the deficit to 68-42, but that was as close as they would get for the rest of the contest.
The Corsairs' defense held UMass Boston to just 18.2% (4-22) shooting and a season-low 13 points for the first half and forced 27 turnovers for the game. UMB's defense came alive in the second half, holding the Little East's co-leader to just 28.6% (10-35) shooting from the field.
Brewster finished with nine points, nine rebounds and an assist to lead the Beacons, while junior forward Ernst Jean (Malden, MA) chipped in with seven points, six rebounds and a blocked shot in just 16 minutes of action. Senior point guard A.J. Titus (Roxbury, MA) played in his 106th game to become the career games played leader for UMB and ended the night with four points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Walker was 12-15 from the field, including 6-7 from three-point range and added six rebounds, an assist, a steal and a pair of blocks for UMass Dartmouth, while junior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA) dropped in 13 points to go with six boards and a pair of steals in 18 minutes off the bench. Senior point guard Reece Freeman (Cambrdige, MA) led all playmakers with eight assists in addition to two points, two rebounds, a steal and a block.
UMass Boston will be in action again when it heads to Willimantic, CT to take on Eastern Connecticut State University in a conference match-up on Saturday, January 31 at 3:00 p.m., while the Corsairs host Salem State College on Thursday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m.