WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Despite one of their best shooting performances of the season, men's basketball could not take down the 16th ranked Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University, as the Beacons were handed an 84-70 Little East Conference loss Saturday afternoon at the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 70, #16 Eastern Connecticut State University 84
UMass Boston (11-10, 5-5 Little East Conference)
Eastern Conn. State (19-2, 10-0 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
For the Warriors four of their starting five players did a majority of the work in Saturday's Little East Conference match-up. Kendall Marquez led his team with 20 points as he finished six 3-pointers.
UMass Boston tried to counter the Warriors hot shooters with a trio of their own. Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) had another strong shooting performance dropping in a game-high 24 points. The freshman guard finished 9-for-15 from the field, and 6-for-7 at the free throw line. Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) also had a standout game for the Beacons with his 19 points, which consisted of four 3-pointers, and a 5-for-5 showing at the line.
Off the bench, Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) contributed 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the two squads in Saturday's contest, was the Warriors ability to score the second chance points. Eighteen of their 84 points came on second chances. The two team were almost even in points off turnovers, with ECSU holding a slight 28-21 advantage. Even with the long-range shooting, the two teams also battled it out in the paint, with the Warriors just edging out the Beacons 40-36.
In the first half, the Beacons made things very interesting, as they never let the Warriors run away with the contest. UMB's biggest push in the opening frame came with less than seven minutes to play before the break. A pair of free throws from Boyd, cut the Warriors lead down to three (23-20). Unfortunately, the Beacons could not make that final push, as the Warriors erupted on a 15-10 run to head into the locker room with a 38-30 lead.
After the break, UMB stayed competitive as they continued to battle on every possession. The turning point in Saturday's contest came right at the midway point when the Warriors surged past the Beacons to extend their lead to as much as 20.
The Beacons final push would cut the Warriors lead down to as much as 10, but it was too little too late, as ECSU held on the for the victory to remain in firm control of first place in the standings.
BY THE NUMBERS
- From the field the Beacons shot 25-for-50, and were 6-for-22 from 3-point range
- At the line UMB shot 73.7% (14-19), while the Warriors finished shooting 85.7% (12-14)
- The Warriors held a 34-23 advantage in rebounds, with 13 of those rebounds coming on the offensive glass.
- ECSU handed out 17 assists, and finished with 10 steals to the Beacons nine assists and nine steals
The Beacons will host UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.