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UMass Dartmouth powers past PSU Men’s Basketball

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              NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team outscored visiting Plymouth State University 30-14 in the first 10 minutes of the second half, opening up a 32- point lead and went on to defeat the Panthers, 94-61, in a Little East Conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center.

              The Corsairs posted their ninth win in a row, improving to 13-1 overall and 5-0 in the Little East and remaining the only unbeaten team in conference play.  PSU owns fourth place in the LEC after falling to 3-2 in league play and 6-9 overall.

              Junior Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, Mass.) and sophomore Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, Mass.) led the way for the home team with 21 and 20 points, respectively, two of the five Corairs to score in double figures.  Junior Jeff Macchi (Franklin, Mass.) added 15 points, junior Tyler Turtoro (Shelton, Conn.) contributed 14, and junior Matt Walker (Brockton, Mass.) finished with 10.

              Junior Jason O'Keefe (Everett, Mass.) was the only Panther to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 11 points.

              Plymouth State got off to a good start, scoring the first six points of the game and leading for the first eight minutes of the game. UMD took the lead for good midway through the opening frame and went on to hold a 12-point margin at the half, 40-28.

              The Corsair advantage reached 20 points six minutes into the second half, and PSU never challenged the rest of the way. Reserves from both teams saw the bulk of the playing time in the final 10 minutes.

              Both teams are back in action at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday with LEC home games, the Corsairs hosting Rhode Island College and the Panthers entertaining rival Keene State Tuesday.

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