NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Trailing by four with 4:34 to play, UMass Dartmouth (18-6, 8-5 Little East) closed out the game with a 15-4 run to knock off UMass Boston (13-11, 5-8 Little East) 65-58 Wednesday night at the Tripp Athletic Center.
Senior Colleen Moriarty led the Corsairs charge, scoring five of her game-high 19 points over the final five minutes. Junior center Erika Bornemann added a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, to help the Corsairs move to 12-2 on the year at home.
For the Beacons, sophomore forward Kirsten Morrison (North Reading) paced UMB with 14 points and 13 rebounds to notch her 22nd career double-double. Morrison has now finished with a double-double in all four games she's played against the Corsairs and has averaged 19.25 points and 12.75 rebounds per game against the Beacons in-state rivals.
Fellow forward Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) finished with a team-high 18 points, and added six rebounds and five steals in the loss.
UMass Dartmouth jumped out to an 11-4 lead eight minutes in and led for the majority of the first half. The Beacons worked their way back from a nine-point deficit to take their first lead at 26-24 on a Teresa Pina (Boston, Mass.) layup with 44 seconds to go, and went into the break leading 27-24.
The two teams went and back and forth through the first 12 minutes of the second half, with neither team grabbing a lead larger than five.
After a three-point play from Kelsey Garrity gave UMD a 50-49 lead with 8:08 to go, UMass Boston went on a 5-0 run to seemingly take charge of the game. Morrison started the run with a layup, Murphy added a free throw and Gabriela Cogliano (Saugus, Mass.) capped off the flurry with a lay-in, to give UMB a 54-50 lead with 4:34 to go.
But with all the momentum going UMass Boston's way, the home team came up with one final run. Layups on four consecutive possessions gave UMD a 58-55 lead with 2:09 to go and the Corsairs knocked down 5-of-7 free throws in the final two minutes, to earn the season-split between the two schools.
While UMass Boston asserted themselves inside with a large rebounding advantage (47-38) and a wide margin in second-chance points (18-4), UMass Dartmouth countered by capitalizing on the Beacons 22 turnovers. The Corsairs recorded 27 points off UMB's turnovers, compared to just 15 points for UMB on 19 UMass Dartmouth turnovers.
With the loss, the Beacons are locked into the sixth spot in next week's Little East Conference Tournament. If the standings stay the same after Saturday's regular season finale, UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth will meet against next Tuesday in North Dartmouth in the Little East Conference Quarterfinals.
UMass Boston will cap off their regular-season slate Saturday when they travel to Willimantic, Connecticut to take on Eastern Connecticut State University at 1 p.m.