BOSTON, Mass. - In a tight game that could have gone either way, it was the Engineers of MIT (5-2) who pulled out the victory as they defeated men's basketball (3-3) by the final of 69-63 Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium in a non-conference match-up.
The Beacons overcame a seven-point deficit at half and nearly lead on multiple occasions in the second as they looked to upset one of the top teams in New England basketball. However MIT would use some key baskets in the paint to keep their lead over the hungry Beacons. The Engineers "big men" came through when they were needed most to help make that final push in the later part of the final half.
Matt Redfield was amongst those dominant "big men" as the 6'8" junior dropped in a game-high 27 points, 13 of which came in the second half. On the glass, Redfield pulled down 16 boards with six coming on the offensive glass. From the field he was 7-for-11, but at the line is where he also did a majority of his work as he finished 13-for-21.
For UMass Boston it was once again Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) leading the way as the junior put together another all-around solid showing. The Brockton native was 4-for-9, with UMB's only 3-pointer, and was 4-for-5 at the line. He finished third in boards with five behind Gregory Young (Boston, Mass.) who had six and Jerard Mayes (Boston, Mass.) who had a team-best eight.
Mayes along with Omar Benabicha (Saugus, Mass.) each finished Tuesday's game with 21 points, as Mayes went 6-for-10 from the floor and Benabicha went 6-for-8. Off the bench Dontreal Thomas (New Orleans, La.) dropped in 11 points.
For most of the first half, the Engineers were in control as they held a double-digit lead on the scoreboard. However with less than five minutes to play the Beacons kept the Engineers to single-digits thanks in part to some strong play from by Thomas and Joseph.
In the second half, MIT struggled to maintain possession of the ball as they turned it over four times in the first five minutes of the new half. This allowed the Beacons to cut the seven point deficit down to three as they went on a quick 6-3 run to make it 35-32 with plenty of time in the contest.
Now with their backs up against the wall, saw UMass Boston come within one field goal of tying Tuesday's contest multiple times. However a key three pointer from Dakota Pierce seemed to give the Engineers some much needed wind in their sails. They would then push their lead back to seven as they went a 5-3 run to make it 52-45. From there the closest UMass would come would be in the final one minute 10 seconds of the contest as they cut the Engineers lead back down to four following a 5-0 run capped off by a Young free throw. MIT would use the consistent shooting of Justin Pedley and Redfield at the charity strip to pull away in the closing seconds.
On the night MIT shot 46.3% from the field (19-41), while the Beacons finished shooting 41.7% (25-60). The Engineers also managed to outrebound the Beacons 36-31, but it was UMass Boston who outscored MIT off of turnovers converting their 22 TO's into 20 points.
Men's Basketball returns to action on Saturday when they host Keene State College at 3 p.m. in the 2013 Little East Conference opener for both teams.