A former Canalmen saved a career-best performance for the big stage recently.
UMass Dartmouth junior co-captain Jacob Ashworth, a 2017 graduate of Bourne High School, poured in a career-high 35 points in the Corsairs’ home win against Plymouth State in the Little East Conference semifinals on Thursday, February 27 at the Tripp Athletic Center.
Ashworth’s efforts were also game-high totals, with 35 points on 10-of-17 shooting, with five from beyond the arc, and he finished with five rebounds, one assist and one steal with just two turnovers. His efficient night on the floor started early with 17 points, including three makes from long distance.
That helped the second-seeded Corsairs to a 34-29 halftime lead against the third-seeded Panthers. In the second half, his efficiency continued. He shot 50 percent from the floor after the break, connecting on two more 3’s while going a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
On Saturday, February 27, UMass Dartmouth traveled to top-seeded Western Connecticut for the LEC championship game. Ashworth scored 13 points with two assists and three steals as the Corsairs fell to the Colonels, 88-75.
In 26 games this season, 25 of which that were starts, the junior guard averaged 13 points per game on 38.7 percent shooting, 79.3 percent on free throws, and 39.7 percent on 3’s. He also pulled down 3.4 rebounds and dished out 2.1 assists per game.