July 6, 2014

1982–83 UMass Boston Men’s Basketball Team to Be Inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Boston Department of Athletics has announced that the 1982–83 UMass Boston men’s basketball team will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 ceremony.

Led by head coach Charlie Titus, the team was the first in Beacons’ history to compete in the NCAA Division III National Tournament, just three years after earning NCAA varsity status.

In perhaps the most historic season ever at UMass Boston, the Beacons defeated Muskingum by the score of 75-68 to earn the first-ever NCAA postseason victory. That season, coach Titus’ team compiled an overall record of 19-9, which still ranks as the most wins in a single season in program history.

Among the many key wins during the season, was a 120-90 victory over Eastern Nazarene College, which still ranks among the highest point total by the Beacons in a single game. They also went on to win the Salem State University Christmas Tournament and the Harbor Invitational Tournament.

Included on this historic roster of athletes was NABC All-District selections Ken Hall and John “Boo” Rice. They remain the only two UMass Boston players to be named all-district selections in the same season.

The 1982–83 men’s basketball team included:

Charlie Titus (Head Coach)
Rodney Hughes (Assistant Coach)
Al Holland (Assistant Coach)
Mike Shay
Robert White
Ken Hall
Paul Costa
Thomas Williams
John Rice
Barry Johnson
Robert Awiszus
Nate Smith
Roscoe Patterson
Cedrick Daniels
Anthony Tippets