Nov. 16, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – With four of their starting five finishing in double-figures, Ramapo College (2-0) handed men’s basketball (0-1) a 97-69 non-conference loss Wednesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center.
The match-up, which was the first-ever between the two programs, saw a very young UMass Boston squad go head-to-head with the top team in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Fueling the Roadrunners second win of the year was their 56.3% shooting from the floor and 53.8% shooting from behind the arc.
Will Sanborn led Ramapo with 17 points on the night, while Stephon Treadwell and LaQuan Peterkin each totaled 15 points. Jermaine Emanuel and Elvonney Poole posted 11 and 10 points respectively to help the Roadrunners to their second straight win in 24 hours. Ramapo defeated Emerson College Tuesday night in their season-opener.
Having a strong game for the Beacons was senior guard Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy), who finished with a game-high 20 points. Cody Edmond (Plaquemine, La.) came off the bench to record the games only double-double with his 10 points and 11 rebounds. Off the bench Quadry Allen (White Castle, La.) contributed nine points to the Beacons cause, while Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fl.) closed out his college debut with eight points and a team-best five assists.
From start to finish the Beacons never let down, even more for a moment. Ramapo, who received votes on the D3Hoops.com Top-25 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, dominated the paint scoring 46 of their 97 points from inside the arc.
In the opening minutes of the contest, the two teams went back-and-forth looking to gain the early momentum. It was not until the halfway point of the opening half, that Ramapo really took control of the contest, scoring 20 unanswered points to make it 35-14 in favor of the Roadrunners.
They would maintain that lead throughout the final minutes of the half, and eventually went into the locker room with a 27 point lead on the scoreboard (53-26).
The second half mirrored the first for the most part, as UMass came out firing in the opening minutes, looking to shift the momentum back in their favor. Unfortunately, Ramapo’s lead was just too much to overcome as they never let the Beacons really get back into the game.
However the extremely young squad showed some tremendous resiliency throughout the final half. They continued to drive to the basket and played some tough defense against a team that is favored to win one of the top conferences on the east coast.
Men’s basketball returns to the Clark Athletic Center on Tuesday when they host Fitchburg State University at 7:30 p.m.