Bench Pushes UMass Dartmouth Over Men's Basketball
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – With five different players finishing in double-figures the host Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth (9-9, 3-5 Little East) defeated men's basketball (5-13, 1-7 Little East) by the final score of 89-71 Tuesday evening in the Tripp Athletic Center in a Little East Conference match-up.
Lance Greene led UMass Dartmouth to the conference win with his team-best 17 points and 11 rebounds. Colin Burns also fueled the Corsairs starting five as he finished with 16 points. Off the bench, Justin Pulver and Jake Laga each added 12 points, while John Genkos put-up 10 points of his own.
Scoring a game-high 19 points off the bench for UMass Boston was sophomore Dontreal Thomas (New Orleans, La.). The 2011 Little East Conference All-Rookie team selection was 7-for-13 from the field and 5-for-6 at the line. Freshman Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) recorded 14 points and seven rebounds to also help out the Beacons bench which combined for 40 points on the night, finishing just three points behind the Corsairs bench.
As a team, UMass Dartmouth shot 52.1% from the field, 41.2% from 3-point range, and 54.5% from the free throw line. Also helping the Corsairs to the win was their 47-33 advantage in rebounds, with 16 of those boards coming on the offensive side of the court. UMass Boston closed out the contest shooting 40.9% from the floor, and 73.7% from the charity strip. From the 3-point range the Beacons dropped in three long range baskets.
UMass Dartmouth got their evening off to a solid start nailing the first field goal and 3-pointer of the night. However a quick 13-4 run by the Beacons put them in control of the scoreboard for the first time in Tuesday's conference game.
Unfortunately, the Corsairs mounted a run of their own to regain control of the lead, which they would hold onto for the remainder of the night. After the break UMass Dartmouth was especially hot as they shot 52.5% from the field to push their lead to 20+ points before the final honor sounded.
Men's basketball returns to action on Thursday when they host Tufts University at 7 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center.