Southern Maine Falls to UMass Dartmouth 84-69

Jackson finished the season with a team-leading eight double doubles.
Jackson finished the season with a team-leading eight double doubles.
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.  –  Senior guard Justin Pulver (Plymouth, Mass./Falmouth) scored a game-high 25 points to lead four players in double figures as the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 84-69 in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Tripp Athletic Center in North Dartmouth, Mass.

         With the win, UMass Dartmouth improves to 13-12 overall and 7-7 in the Little East Conference.  Southern Maine concludes its season with an 11-14 record and a 3-11 mark in the conference.  UMass Dartmouth will be the sixth seed in the Little East Conference tournament and will face third-seeded Keene State on Tuesday (tba). 

         Pulver was 12-for-17 from the field to lead a strong shooting performance by the Corsairs.  Senior guard Colin Burns (Chapachet, R.I./Ponaganset) and senior center Lance Greene (Dorchester, Mass./Charlestown) each added 15 points, while Greene racked up a double-double with a game-high 16 rebounds.  Senior guard Paul Rose (Boston, Mass./North Cambridge Catholic) tossed in 13 points.

         Southern Maine senior forward Jeremy Jackson (Laplace, La./Independence) recorded his team-leading eighth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds – both team-high totals – to pace the Huskies.  Junior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) tossed in 14 points and added seven boards, three assists and two steals.  Junior guard Brian Alexander (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast) added nine points and four assists. 

         UMass Dartmouth led the Huskies from the start, jumping out to an 11-2 lead.  Burns led the Corsair charge early and his three-pointer at the 16-minute mark gave had his team up by nine, 14-5, early.  After the Burns' three, UMD outscored USM 16-5 over the next five minutes for a commanding 30-10 lead midway through the half.  The Huskies' narrowed the gap on a 12-5 run to close out the half on a 12-5 run led by four points each from sophomore guard Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) and sophomore forward Tyler Penney (Barnstead, N.H./Bishop Brady) for a 47-28 UMD halftime lead.

         In the second half, the Huskies kept pace with the Corsairs and a layup from sophomore center John Roberts (Portland, Maine/Falmouth) trimmed the USM deficit under 20, 74-55, with 6:51 remaining.  The Huskies held the Corsairs to just 10 points over the final seven minutes of the game and outscored UMD 14-10 down the stretch, but were unable to overcome the Corsairs' first half lead.

         UMass Dartmouth shot 46.5 percent (33-for-71) from the floor, including seven three-point field goals.  Southern Maine struggled shooting just 36.6 percent (26-for-71) from the field.