MILTON, Mass. - Senior captain Lambros Papalambros (Quincy, Mass.) scored a game-high 34 points, becoming the 18th men's basketball player in Curry College history to surpass 1,000 career points, but the host Colonels fell to visiting UMass Dartmouth, 77-64. The Corsairs improved to 9-5 on the season while Curry slipped to 2-11.
UMass Dartmouth led the contest the entire way, opening up their biggest lead of the opening frame at 1:45 after a made layup by sophomore Wale Abraham (Lynn, Mass.). The Colonels got a pair of free throws from freshman Kenneth Ramos (Dorchester, Mass.) to cut the lead to 10 (39-29), but the Corsairs reached intermission with a 40-29 edge.
Sophomore Abi Akanni (Fitchburg, Mass.) opened the second half for UMass Dartmouth by draining a three-pointer to extend the visitor's lead to 43-29. Curry began to chip away after back to back layups by freshman Paul Preziosi (Quincy, Mass.) at 14:28 cut the deficit to eight. The Colonels continued to inch closer until the Corsairs lead was reduced to two points (62-60) at 5:33 on a Papalambros layup. But that was as close as the hosts would come, with Umass Dartmouth outscoring Curry 15-4 over the game's final five minutes.
UMass Dartmouth was led by Abraham with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Ryan Walsh (North Dighton, Mass.) also scored 16 points. Akanni and junior Jake Laga (Northampton, Mass.) recorded 15 and 11 points, respectively. Freshman Tucker Bouchard (Kingston, Mass.) chipped in with 10 rebounds.
Papalambros went 11-for-11 from the charity stripe as part of his 34 points. Junior Antonio Jones (Dorchester, Mass.) contributed 15 points, while senior Thomas McLean (Paxton, Mass.) pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Both teams return to action with 3:00p.m. tipoffs on Saturday, January 18th. The Corsairs will host Little East Conference (LEC) rival Keene State, as the Colonels battle at home against visiting Coast Commonwealth Conference (CCC) opponent Salve Regina.