BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Rocky DeAndrade, who was named the Most Valuable Player, the Bears of Bridgewater State University defeated men's basketball by the final of 82-78 Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the 33rd Annual Harbor Invitational.
UMass Boston 78, Bridgewater State University 82
UMass Boston (3-1)
Bridgewater State University (4-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Led by their bench, which accounted for 31 of their 82 points, the Bears managed to hold-off a late Beacons rally to win annual invitational. DeAndrade earned the MVP honors after dropping in 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting, which included three 3-pointers. The senior guard also had five boards, and four assists in a game-high 37 minutes of playing time.
Leading by as much as 11 with four minutes to play in regulation, the Bears saw their comfortable lead disappear quickly, as the Beacons regained some life on the offensive side of the court. A 3-pointer and a jumper by Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) cut the deficit to six with 2:10 left.
Rayshon Ward then made it a seven-point affair as he went 1-for-2 at the line.
From there the Beacons erupted for five straight points, with Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) dropping in a lay-up, while senior Kevin Louis-Jean (Hyde Park, Mass.) recorded an and-1 to make it a one-possession game (76-74). DeAndrade would sink a pair of free throws to push BSU's lead back to four (78-74) with just 32 ticks left on the scoreboard.
A lay-up by Ty Lee (Boston, Mass.) would once again make it a two-point game, but that was as close as the Beacons would come in late rally. BSU would score the final four points of the contest to clinch the victory.
The Beacons did lead heading into the halftime break 37-31, but saw that lead vanish less than six minutes into the second half.
A total of five players finished in double-figures for the Bears, with Dakari Hannah-Wornu finishing with a team-high 17 points.
For the Beacons Louis-Jean and Mitchell each recorded a game-high 21 points. Mitchell also tied the team-best for rebounds with six alongside Cinelli. Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) dropped in 14 points, in his first championship game on the harbor campus.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the day, the Bears shot 58.0% from the field (29-50), while the Beacons shot 43.2% (32-74)
- The Bears led the contest in rebounds 36-29
- Defensively the Beacons recorded seven steals and forced 17 Bears turnovers; BSU did lead in blocked shots with 5
- All-time UMass Boston is now 18-17 against the Bears, but are just 2-4 since the 2012-13 season
- The championship marked the first for the Bears
The Beacons will host MIT on Tuesday at 7 p.m.