Four players reach double figures as Western men win 88-70 at UMass Dartmouth on Saturday

from the desk of Dave Geringer - UMass Dartmouth Sports Information Director

BOX SCORE

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA (Feb. 4) — The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team fell to visiting Western Connecticut State, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.

The Corsairs grabbed an early 11-7 lead in the opening four minutes of play, behind six points from senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell).

A lay-up from senior forward Michael Kennedy (Newtown, CT/Newtown HS) tied the game at 11-11, and then consecutive layups from senior guard DaQuan Brooks (Atlanta, GA/Bristol Central) and junior guard Ryan Pelletier (Wolcott, CT/Wolcott HS) gave the Colonials a 15-11 lead. UMD regained the lead with a 6-0 surge, taking their largest lead, 21-15, with 11:23 to play in the first half. A 15-2 run by Western Connecticut over the next five minutes gave the Colonials a lead they never relinquished.

The teams exchanged baskets down the stretch, en route to a 43-35 lead for Western Connecticut at the half.

The Colonials continued their offensive momentum in the second half, opening with a 14-6 run, featuring three-pointers by junior guard Michael Jensen (Gales Ferry, CT/Ledyard HS) and senior forward Gary Robinson (Torrington, CT/Hotchkiss HS), and then a three-pointer from Brooks with 12:46 to play gave the Colonials their biggest lead, 60-41.

The Corsairs battled back over the next six minutes, outscoring Western Connecticut 20-11, cutting the deficit to 71-61 with 6:18 remaining.

The Colonials closed the game on a 17-9 streak, powered by seven points from Brooks, to secure the 88-70 victory.

UMass Dartmouth had five players reach double figures in points during the contest. Greene had a team-high 20 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the field, with a game-high nine rebounds. Senior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Johnson & Wales) scored 12 points with 8 rebounds.

Junior guard John Genkos (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) added 10 points, while senior guards Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS/CCRI) and Paul Rose (Boston, MA/No. Cambridge Catholic HS/Mass Bay CC) each had 11 points.

Brooks led the way for the Colonials with a game-high 22 points, connecting on 4-of-7 three-pointers, with seven assists. Kennedy tallied 18 points, Jensen had 15 points, and Robinson notched 14 points in the victory.

The Corsairs shot 47.5% (28-of-59) from the field, while Western Connecticut was 47.4% (27-of-57) from the floor. The Colonials out rebounded the Corsairs, 35-32, and forced 17 turnovers.

The Corsairs dropped to 10-11 and 4-6 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Colonials improved to 17-4 and 7-3 in LEC play with the win. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Rhode Island College in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. Western Connecticut will host Eastern Connecticut Tuesday.

 

Newspaper Box Score
Western Connecticut vs UMass Dartmouth
02/04/12 3:00 P.M. at TRIPP ATHLETIC CENTER

WESTERN CONNECTICUT 88, UMASS DARTMOUTH 70

WESTERN CONNECTICUT (17-4, 7-3 LEC)
DaQuan Brooks 6-16 6-6 22; Michael Kennedy 7-8 2-2 18; Michael Jensen 5-7
3-3 15; Gary Robinson 3-7 7-8 14; Ryan Pelletier 3-6 2-2 8; Mark Redding 2-5
2-2 6; Robert Bentil 0-3 3-4 3; Luis Bridtter 1-1 0-0 2; Louis Krohelski 0-0
0-0 0; James Barnes 0-4 0-0 0; Joseph Setaro 0-0 0-0 0; Shawn Mobilio 0-0
0-0 0. Totals 27-57 25-27 88.

UMASS DARTMOUTH (10-11, 4-6 LEC)
Lance Greene 8-12 4-11 20; Justin Pulver 6-8 0-0 12; Paul Rose 3-13 2-2 11;
Colin Burns 5-8 0-0 11; John Genkos 4-9 0-0 10; Alex Klepadlo 0-0 2-2 2;
Jake Laga 1-1 0-0 2; Alex Rodrigues 1-7 0-2 2; David Hanscom 0-0 0-0 0;
Steve Handy 0-1 0-0 0; Jordan Grace 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-59 8-17 70.

Western Connecticut...... 43 45 88
UMass Dartmouth.......... 35 35 70

3-point goals--Western Connecticut 9-20 (DaQuan Brooks 4-7; Michael Jensen
2-3; Michael Kennedy 2-2; Gary Robinson 1-5; Ryan Pelletier 0-3), UMass
Dartmouth 6-14 (Paul Rose 3-5; John Genkos 2-6; Colin Burns 1-3). Fouled
out--Western Connecticut-None, UMass Dartmouth-None. Rebounds--Western
Connecticut 35 (James Barnes 6), UMass Dartmouth 32 (Lance Greene 9).
Assists--Western Connecticut 15 (DaQuan Brooks 7), UMass Dartmouth 17 (Paul
Rose 8). Total fouls--Western Connecticut 16, UMass Dartmouth 22. Technical
fouls--Western Connecticut-None, UMass Dartmouth-Alex Rodrigues. A-700