UMASS DARTMOUTH DOWNS MEN'S BASKETBALL, 79-57
Feb. 8, 2011
BOSTON, MA -Senior guard Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA) netted a game-high 24 points to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball squad over the University of Massachusetts Boston, 79-57, this evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Corsairs improve to 10-12 and 6-5 in the Little East Conference, and the Beacons have now dropped four straight games with the loss and stand at 8-14 and 2-9 in the LEC.
Freshman guard Paul Anderson (Cambridge, MA) drained a three to open the first half of play but it would be the one and only lead of the night for the hosts as UMass Dartmouth rattled off an 8-0 run to make it 8-3 with 16:59 remaining in the first half and the visitors never looked back. Stephens scored 19 of his 24 points in the opening frame to help the Corsairs stretch the lead to 43-26 heading into the halftime intermission. Anderson paced UMass Boston with 11 points in the opening frame.
With the help of a 13-3 spurt to open the second half of play, capped by a three-ball by junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA), the Corsairs would extend their lead to 56-29 with just over 13:00 minutes to play in the contest. A three by UMass Boston junior guard Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy) with 3:46 left on the clock would pull the Beacons to with 21 points at 73-52 but it would be the closest they'd get as UMass Dartmouth held on for the 79-57 road win.
The Corsairs were able to capitalize on 17 UMass Boston turnovers, converting them into 26 points. UMass Boston was also outscored in the paint, 26-18, on the night.
For UMass Dartmouth, junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA) recorded a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds while senior forward Kyle Yeadon (Hanson, MA) chipped in with 14 points off the bench. Junior point guard Paul Rose helped run the offense, dishing out a game-high seven assists in the win.
Jenkins paced UMass Boston with a team-high 23 points on 7-of-13 shoot from the floor while also going a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Anderson dropped in a new career-high of 16 points and was also perfect from the free throw line connecting on all eight attempts.
The Beacons return to action when they host Plymouth State University on Saturday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m., while the Corsairs welcome Eastern Connecticut the same day for a 3:00 p.m. tilt.