Men’s Basketball Earns First Win of the Year, 77-68 over Newbury

AMHERST, Mass. – Led by Carl Joseph's (Brockton, Mass.) double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Gregory Young's (Boston, Mass.) 23 points men's basketball earned their first win of the 2013-14 season as they defeated Newbury College by the final of 77-68 Saturday afternoon at the Amherst College Tip-Off Tournament.

With the victory the Beacons evened their record at 1-1 in the new season, while Newbury dropped to 0-4.  As a team UMass Boston had an impressive showing in only their second game of the season as they shot 49.1% (28-57) from the field.

Eighteen of Joseph's team-leading 26 points were recorded in the second half, while Young led UMB in the first 20 minutes of play as the newcomer recorded 18 points.  Joseph finished 11-for-20 from the field and 4-for-6 from the line.  Young was 9-for-17 from the floor, which included a 3-for-6 showing from behind the arc.  From the charity strip he was 2-for-4 and also finished with seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

Saturday's match-up was a back-and-forth affair that could have gone either way.  By the halftime break the two teams were separated by a mere point with UMB leading on the scoreboard 33-32.  In the second half the Beacons outscored Newbury 44-36 to earn their first win of the season.  With the victory head coach Charlie Titus needs just two more wins to recorded his 300th career victory at UMass Boston.

Despite the slim advantage the Beacons managed to hold off Newbury throughout the final 20 minutes of play with key baskets, especially from Jerard Mayes (Boston, Mass.) who dropped in four straight points to give the Beacons a 70-65 lead late in the half.  The final minutes was decided at the free throw line with UMass Boston going 6-for-6 to earn the win.

Men's Basketball returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Suffolk University for an 8 p.m. non-conference game.