WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – With a career-high 33 points from Tarchee Brown, the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University won their fourth-straight Little East Conference Regular Season championship as they defeated men's basketball by the final of 85-66 Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 66, Eastern Connecticut State University 85
UMass Boston (13-12, 6-8 Little East Conference)
Eastern Connecticut State (17-8, 11-3 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Brown would score 25 of his game-high 33 points in the second half, as he shot 8-for-10 from the field, which included a 5-for-5 showing from 3-point range. He also dropped four free throws to cap-off the Warriors second half surge.
For UMass Boston, senior Sam Freeman (Boston, Mass.) collected a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, as the Beacons closed out the regular season as the fifth-seed in next week's tournament. The Beacons will travel to Plymouth State University on Tuesday for a quarterfinal game.
Alex Sanchez, who was the hero in Tuesday's win over UMass Dartmouth, finished with 10 points with six of those coming at the charity stripe. The Beacons could not convert on a 3-pointer all afternoon as they went 0-for-16, while the Warriors shot 72% from distance (8-11).
In the paint the Beacons combined for 44 points, with 22 of those coming second chance opportunities. The two teams were even on the glass with 37 boards' a-piece.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons enter this year's post season as the fifth-seed which is their best finish to the regular season since 2014-15 season, when the ended regular season with a 6-8 record
- David Canny finished second on the team in points for the Warriors with 14, while Hugh Lindo was held to just eight points, but did have 10 rebounds, and two blocked shots
- All-time Saturday's contest marked the 72nd meeting between the Beacons and Warriors
The Beacons will travel to Plymouth State on Tuesday for a quarterfinal round game. Start time will be announced later today.