KEENE, N.H. - Led by junior Eric Fazio's game-high 20 points the Keene State College men's basketball team defeated men's basketball by the final score of 86-70 Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gym in a Little East Conference match-up.
With the win the Owls improved to 14-4, 8-1 in the Little East, while UMass Boston fell to 5-14, 1-9 in the Little East. Saturday's win also helped Keene State remain atop the conference standings following their win earlier in the week over Eastern Connecticut State University.
Ryan Martin and Anthony Mariano also finished in double figures for the Owls. Martin had 14 points while Mariano netted 12 points. Nicco DeMasco chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds.
Senior Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy) and freshman Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fla.) each finished with 13 points leading the Beacons. Sophomore Kadeem Coulter (Boston, Mass.) pulled down eight rebounds. Off the bench newcomer Joshua Mojica (Loiza, Puerto Rico) had his best game to-date dropping in 11 points, while also picking-up five rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
Falling behind by 11 points (24-13) after a jumper by freshman Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.), Keene State used its running game to cut into the Beacons' lead.
Fast break baskets by freshman Tom Doyle and Fazio, who had 10 first half points, got the Owls within two points 26-24 at the 6:16 mark of the first half.
DeLucia, who had 13 first half points, drained his third three-pointer of the half to give the Beacons a 42-40 lead. Martin hit two free throws in KSC's next possession to knot the game at 42-all at the half.
Both team shot well in the first half. UMB was 15-for-27 (56%) while KSC hit half of its shots (13-for-26, 50%).
Keene bolted out of the break with nine unanswered points, taking a 51-42 lead on a corner jumper by Martin and a couple of free throws by Mariano four minutes into the half. The Owls would continue to use their quick offense to gain some breathing room on the scoreboard throughout the final 20 minutes of play.
Keene State finished the game shooting 48% (28-for-58) from the field. UMass Boston shot 41% from the field (24-for-58) and connected on seven of its attempts from behind the arc (49%). Keene State won the battle off the glass 39-31.
Men's basketball returns to action next Saturday when they host Rhode Island College at 3 p.m.
Information for this release provided by Keene State College Sports Information Department