DANBURY, CT – Senior guard Geary McLeod (New London, CT) netted a team-high 14 points, while junior forward Tracy Cleckley, Jr. (Rosedale, NY) and rookie guard Isaiah Hall (Plainfield, NJ) added 10 apiece, but it wasn't enough as the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball squad fell to visiting UMass-Dartmouth, 96-76, in a Little East Conference matchup on Monday night. The teams entered the contest with identical records. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 14-7 overall and 8-4 in league play, while the Corsairs improved to 15-6 and 9-3.
The visitors moved the ball well which translated to 22 assists. They also finished shooting 50.7% (35-of-69) from the field for the game which included a 55% (11-of-20) clip from three-point range, while the hosts went 39.7% (29-of-73) and 33.3% (6-of-18), respectively.
Rookie guard Marcus Azor (Brockton, MA) led the Corsairs with a game-high 23 points, while classmate guard Dhalyn Sanders-Dyer (Worcester, MA) chipped in with 16. Senior Arinze Obiora (Hyde Park, MA), sophomore Harry Alexander (Washington, DC) and rookie Adam Seablom (Lakeville, MA) each contributed 11 points.
UMass-Dartmouth storm out of the gate with a 9-1 run. WestConn would rally, slicing the deficit to 13-11 when Cleckley Jr. buried a trifecta. However, the Corsairs put together another staggering spurt and they would lead 47-29 after a jumper by Azor shortly before the break.
The Colonials would fall behind by as many as 31 points early in the second. However, the reserves entered the contest and displayed tremendous heart and hustle as they ended up being outscored by just two points in the stanza.
WestConn will look to rebound from the loss when they travel to conference nemesis Keene State on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.