Feb. 24, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team outscored visiting University of Massachusetts Boston by eight points in each half and methodically defeated the Beacons, 79-63, in a Little East Conference quarterfinal playoff game at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs, who entered the game ranked 18th nationally in the latest d3hoops.com poll, used a 15-3 run late in the first half to open up a 30-19 lead with 4:40 remaining. Junior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA) contributed three layups during the run, junior guard Tyler Turtoro (Shelton, CT) added a layup and a three-pointer, and junior guard Jeff Macchi (Plymouth, MA) contributed a layup.
The Beacons got a three-pointer from sophomore guard Anthony Brewster (Boston, MA/John D. O'Bryant) and a three-point play from junior forward Ernst Jean (Malden, MA) to cut the UMass Dartmouth advantage to 36-32 three minutes into the second half. Junior forward V.J. Divine (Brookline, MA) and sophomore forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA) followed with layups, and Shelton hit a trey to make it 43-32. UMass Boston rallied, and a layup by Jean cut the deficit to 68-60 with 1:28 remaining, but the Beacons could get no closer.
Shelton led all scorers with 24 points, Macchi added 16 and Stephens contributed 15.
Joseph posted a double-double for the Beacons with 22 points on 8-15 from the floor and 12 rebounds to go with two steals, an assist and a blocked shot, while Jean scored 23 points on 8-12 from the field and added seven rebounds and a blocked shot. Brewster finished with 11 points on 5-7 shooting in addition to four rebounds, two assists and a block. Senior point guard A.J. Titus (Roxbury, MA) dished for two assists to give him 361 to finish his career ranking second on the UMass Boston career list, while making a free throw to give him 209 to place 10th all-time at UMB. He also ends his career having played more games than any other basketball player in school history with 114.
The Corsairs improved to 22-3 with the victory, while the Beacons fell to 4-22 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will advance to the LEC semi-finals against Western Connecticut State, a 58-56 winner at Plymouth State. The Corsairs and Colonials will meet at the Murray Center at Rhode Island College Friday evening. The championship game is set for 5:00 p.m. Saturday.