UMass Dartmouth heats up, sinks USM

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UMass Dartmouth had two players who scored in double figures while combining to score more than half their points, as they cruised to a 92-75 win over the USM Huskies in a Little East Conference match-up at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham Saturday.

UMD junior forward Brandon Stephens and sophomore guard Paul Rose combined to score 55 of the Corsairs 92 points to help earn their 15th overall victory of the season and their seventh LEC win.

Stephens recorded a game-high 32 points as he shot 11-for-20 from the field and 5-for-8 behind the arc. Rose followed, shooting 10-for-16 from the field and 3-for-6 from three point range for a respectable 23 points in the contest. Sophomore center Lance Greene chipped in a team-high 11 rebounds and had 19 points.

USM junior guard Luke Pollock (Eliot) registered a great performance as he netted a career-high 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field to lead the Huskies. Pollock also pulled down seven rebounds. Other notable performances came from USM junior guard John Sewall (Bath) and freshman guard Alex Kee (Bath) who scored 12 points each, and junior forward Otis Smith (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) who notched 11 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Corsairs’ Rose dominated in the beginning as he scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half while UMD rolled to a 20 point halftime lead over the Huskies.

USM made a good attempt at a comeback when they cut the Corsair lead to 13, when Pollock sunk a three-pointer with 14 minutes left, but it wasn’t enough since UMass came back to post an 8-1 run to increase their lead to 20 once again, which was a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game.

Along with the women’s team, the USM men have a challenging road ahead as they face only conference foes from here on out.

USM comes into this week as they travel to Plymouth State Tuesday, and finish the week hosting the Anchormen of Rhode Island College Saturday.

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