Men’s Basketball Earns Hard Fought Conference Win over Southern Maine

Men’s Basketball Earns Hard Fought Conference Win over Southern Maine

BOSTON, Mass. – A 10-3 Beacons run over the final two minutes, along with a game-winning 3-pointer by Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) catapulted men's basketball past the University of Southern Maine as the Beacons earned a 69-66 Little East Conference win Wednesday evening in Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 69, University of Southern Maine 66

UMass Boston (10-9, 4-4 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine (2-16, 1-7 Little East Conference)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Trailing 63-59 following a Grayson Waterman 3-pointer with just under three minutes to play in regulation, The Beacons cut the deficit to one thanks to an and-1 by Dasan Cinelli.  Waterman would then drain one of his two free throw attempts to push the Huskies lead back to two.

On the following Beacons possession, Boyd would score a hard-fought lay-up to tie the score at 64-64 with 1:39 to play.  A missed 3-pointer by the Huskies would give the Beacons the window of opportunity they need as Boyd drained a lay-up with less than a minute to play to put UMB by 66-64.  Christian McCue then match Boyd's lay-up with one of-his-own to knot the score at 66 all. 

In what became the biggest basket of the night, the Beacons would kill off as much time as they could off the clock, and with 37 ticks left in regulation, Boyd drained a 3-pointer to make it 69-66.  The Huskies immediately called a timeout, to set-up a do-or-die situation for USM.

After the timeout, the Huskies brought the ball up the court, but were met by a solid defensive stand by the Beacons.  The Huskies did not hesitate to try and get McCue the ball for the game-tying basket.  However, the guard was met by two Beacons players, and with a block by Iser Barnes (Boston, Mass.) just as time expired the Beacons secured the huge come-from-behind win to remain in the top-4 in the conference standings.

The Beacons who trailed for most of the contest outscored the Huskies 43-34 over the final 20 minutes of play, with Boyd all 12 of his points in the final stanza. 

Four the Beacons starting five recorded 10 or more points in the win, with Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.) collecting the team's only double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.  Six of his 12 boards came on the offensive glass for the Beacons.

Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) continued his hot shooting as he dropped in 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, which featured five 3-pointers (5-9). 

For the Huskies DJ Anderson led the team with 17 points and had six rebounds.  Sean Jany was a blocking machine for the Huskies as he collected six blocks to go along with eight points and 10 rebounds.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Wednesday's win give the Beacons their first two-game win-streak over the Huskies since the 2009-10 season
  • UMass Boston has now won back-to-back games on their home floor against the Huskies
  • On the night UMB led on the glass 41-36, while defensive they forced 18 turnovers
  • The Beacons shot 33.8% (22-65) from the field, and 42.9% (9-21) from 3-point range
  • The Huskies finished Wednesday's loss shooting 45.8% (22-48) from the floor, and 30.0% (6-20) from distance
  • The Beacons largest lead of the night came at the 8:51 mark of the second when they pushed their lead to eight points. 
  • In total their were 18 lead changes, while the score was tied a total of 15 times

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will travel to Rhode Island College on Saturday for a 3 p.m. conference game.