BOSTON, Mass. – In his first game back, sophomore guard Ty Lee (Boston, Mass.) put-up a season-high 21 points to lead men's basketball to their first Little East Conference win as they defeated Rhode Island College by the final of 68-59 Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 68, Rhode Island College 59
UMass Boston (5-4, 1-1 Little East Conference)
Rhode Island College (2-9, 0-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a back-and-forth first half, the Beacons rode the impressive free throw shooting of Lee, and used an early 17-3 run to start the second half to take control of Saturday's LEC contest. The Beacons would push their slim two-point lead after the halftime break to as much as 16 (56-40) with just over 11 minutes left in regulation.
However, that hot run by the Beacons quickly went cold as they did not record a field goal for almost seven minutes, which at the time made it just a five-point affair.
From there the Beacons would score eight of their final 10 points at the charity stripe, with Lee registered seven of those points.
At the line Lee finished an impressive 13-for-16, and had four field goals to lead the Beacons offense. The Beacons also saw Iser Barnes (Boston, Mass.) record his first double-double of the campaign with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) and Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) each finished with 10 points, while Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) grabbed 10 rebounds for his third straight game with double-digit boards.
Justin Campbell led the Anchormen with a game-high 24 points and had 15 rebounds. The forward was 10-for-18 from the field, and 4-for-5 at the line. Grant Gillis was the only other RIC player to finish in double-figures as the big-man dropped in 10 points, while also grabbing nine boards.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win UMass Boston has now won four straight over the Anchormen and their third in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
- The four-game win-streak is the Beacons longest since the 2000-2002 seasons
- As a team the Beacons shot 37.9% (22-58) from the field, while the Anchormen finished shooting 34.9% (22-63)
- RIC led on the glass as they finished with 43 rebounds, while the Beacons grabbed 38 boards
- UMass Boston handed out 13 assists in the conference win, and had three blocked shots, and six steals
- A total of seven players appeared in Saturday's contest for the Beacons, with only one player playing less than 25 minutes
The Beacons will travel to Suffolk University on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.