Late Push Falls Just Short for Men's Basketball Against Corsairs

Late Push Falls Just Short for Men's Basketball Against Corsairs

BOSTON, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (11-5, 4-2 Little East) freshman Ryan Walsh scored 26 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, but the Corsairs had to withstand a 12-0 run to hold on for an 80-74 victory over men's basketball (5-10, 0-6 Little East) this evening in a Little East contest at the Clark Athletic Center.

Walsh registered 20 of his 26 points in the second half to lead four UMass Dartmouth players in double digits in scoring.  Walsh's seven 3-pointers match the conference's single-game standard that was set by Eastern Connecticut's Brian Salzillo most recently against Manhattanville College (Nov. 23, 2013). 

UMass Boston was led by a 20 point showing from junior Gregory Young (Boston, Mass.).  From the field he finished 4-for-9, which included a pair of 3-pointers and was 10-for-15 at the line.  He also collected nine rebounds to lead the Beacons in that category as well.

Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) dropped in 13 points and grabbed eight boards, followed by Omar Benabicha (Saugus, Mass.) who had nine points and two assists.

The Corsairs were led by guard's Jake Laga who recorded 14 points, while freshman Tucker Bouchard contributed 13 and seven assists.  Sophomore Wale Abraham chipped in with 10 points, six rebounds, and two blocks.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Beacons momentum was stopped dead by the Corsairs as they went on a 30-8 run to open the second half.  Walsh spearheaded the decisive surge as the rookie knocked down five triples during the key stretch.  Alex Rodrigues sandwiched a pair of layups between a Laga jumper to provide the visitors with a game-high 21-point lead (61-40).

The Beacons countered with a 16-4 run of their own to whittle their deficit to nine points with seven minutes, 39 seconds remaining in regulation.  Nick Guerriero (Naples, Fla.) fueled the surge with a pair of triples, while Tyquan Ekejiuba (Randolph, Mass.) and Young added four points each. 

Despite the swing in momentum, UMass Dartmouth responded with a 12 point flurry to push their lead back to 15 points. 

The Beacons limited UMass Dartmouth to just one field goal over the final five minutes, 34 seconds of the contest and caused four Corsairs turnovers.  The Beacons were able to chip into their deficit from the foul line, converting 8-of-10 attempts.  Young thundered home a dunk on the fast break, while Benabicha hit a 3-pointer in transition to trim UMD's advantage to one possession, 76-74, with 31 seconds left on the clock.  The Corsairs thwarted UMB's comeback bid from the charity stripe, connecting on each of their final four attempts.

UMass Dartmouth connected on 50 percent (16-for-32) of its attempts in the second half to raise their shooting percentage to 41 percent (25-for-61) for the game.  The Beacons were held to 37.9 percent (22-for-58) from the field.  The Corsairs also led on the glass with a 42-31 advantage on the boards.

Men's Basketball returns to action on Thursday when they host Tufts University at 7 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center.

Information for this release provided by UMass Dartmouth Sports Information Department