January 26, 2010






Providence, RI—Senior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA) drained the game-winning three-pointer with seven seconds left to lead UMass Dartmouth to a come-from-behind, 91-89, win at Rhode Island College in Little East Conference men’s basketball action on Tuesday night at The Murray Center.




The Corsairs, who were down by 11 points with 5:22 remaining, found themselves down by one, 89-88, after two free throws by RIC senior guard Jake Grimes (Providence, RI) with 24 seconds left. UMass Dartmouth brought the ball up the floor and isolated Shelton at the top of the key. With the game clock winding down, he stroked the trifecta to give the Corsairs the lead.






 Senior guard Jake Grimes




On the ensuing inbounds play, Rhode Island College nearly turned the ball over as it sailed the length of the court and eventually went out off a Corsair player. With 2.5 seconds left, the Anchormen inbounded the ball, but the officials ruled that sophomore forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) had stepped on the sideline. RIC fouled UMD sophomore guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA) on the inbounds play and the clock expired after he missed his free throw attempt.




           "We played our hearts out and left everything we had on the floor with a very limited bench, and I was very proud of that effort," Head Coach Bob Walsh said of his team's performance. "We controlled the game for 38 minutes, we just couldn’t defend well enough or keep our poise against their pressure to finish the game off."




The win helps put the Corsairs (13-5, 6-2) into a tie with the Anchormen (12-6, 6-2) for first place atop the Little East standings. Junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA) led the visitors with 21 points. He scored his 1,000th career-point on a layup just 1:23 into the second half. Shelton finished with 17 points and five three-pointers. Rose had 16 points and five assists, while sophomore center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA) had 15 points and six boards.






 Sophomore guard Keith Hamilton




Grimes led all scorers with 24 points to go along with seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Keith Hamilton (Queens Village, NY) scored a season-high 19 points and did not miss (6-for-6) as he connected on six long balls. Choice finished with 13 points and a game-high seven assists.




The Anchormen led by eight points on three separate occasion during the first half and held a seven-point, 39-32, lead at the half. With 15:11 left to go in the second stanza, a Stephens’ layup capped a 17-10 run by the visitors to tie the game, 49-49.




Rhode Island College responded with an 11-2 run to build the lead back up to nine, 60-51, at 12:25. Grimes had six of the points during the streak. With 9:51 left, back-to-back Shelton trifectas cut the RIC advantage down to two points, 64-62.




RIC responded well again, going on a 7-0 run, paced by a Hamilton three-pointer and free throw, to go up, 71-62, at 8:40.



At 5:22, things began to unravel for the hosts. The Anchormen turned the ball over five times during the final stretch and the Corsairs got big three-pointers by Rose and Shelton to set up the last second heroics. UMD closed out this stretch on a 21-8 run.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play when it travels to UMass Boston on Saturday, Jan. 30.