Warriors split with UMD

The Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn.
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Feb. 22—DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Quinton Lott posted his second consecutive double-double with 13 points and a career- high 15 rebounds as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team dropped a 90- 72 Little East Conference decision to host Massachusetts-Dartmouth on Sunday.

Tyreice Woods also scored 13 points for the Warriors ( 4- 3 overall, 2- 3 league) with Cory Muckle finishing with 12 points and A.J. Edwards adding 11.

ECSU, which trailed by as many as 19 points, 65-46, with 9: 46 remaining, got as close as 69-62 with 6:52 remaining on a jump shot from Rakesh Tibby.

The Corsairs ( 6- 2, 6- 2) responded with a 13-0 run over the next 5- plus minutes as Jake Ashworth (20 points) scored 11 of the 13 points to build a 20- point, 82- 62 lead with 4: 32 left.

It marked the first time in the last eight games that either team won by double- digits in the series, with the previous seven decided by an average of 3.4 points and none by more than six points in those seven games.

On Saturday, freshman Max Lee scored his only points of the game on a 3- pointer with 16 seconds left in overtime that put ECSU ahead to stay in an 87-85 victory over UMass-Dartmouth at Geissler Gym.

Edwards scored all 24 of his points after halftime as the Warriors erased a 20- point, 70- 50 deficit over the final 8: 21.

Trailing 75- 70 with 1: 41 left in regulation, Lee ( 6 steals) forced a steal and found Edwards open for a 3- pointer as the Warriors pulled within two, 75-73, 30 seconds later. Following two foul shots from Lott that tied the game at 75- all, Edwards gave ECSU a 77- 75 lead on two free throws with 20.7 seconds left.

UMass- Dartmouth forced overtime after Jackson Zancan controlled an airball following a contested 3- point shot and scored just before the final buzzer.

ECSU scored the final six points of overtime to rally back from an 85- 81 deficit with 1: 39 to go.

After missing the front end of a 1- and- 1, Woods ( 10 points) made two free throws to make it a 2- point game before Lee swished a corner three off an assist from Edwards for an 86-85 advantge. Muckle made a free throw with one second left for the final margin of victory.

Edwards made 10- of- 11 free throws and collected five steals as the Warriors shot 24-of-31 from the foul line for the game. Lott scored a career- high 22 points and also had 12 rebounds.

ECSU is currently in third place in the LEC and hosts Keene State University ( 5- 1) Wednesday at 7 p. m. The Warriors then tentatively have two regular-season games remaining against Plymouth State on Feb. 27 and 28. Plymouth State has played just two games due to COVID while Castleton University cancelled the remainder of its season after losing its opener.