Men's Basketball Earns Crucial Conference Win over UMass Dartmouth

Men's Basketball Earns Crucial Conference Win over UMass Dartmouth

BOSTON, Mass. – With a combined 41 points from Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) and Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) men's basketball registered a huge 79-74 Little East Conference win over UMass Dartmouth Wednesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 79, UMass Dartmouth 74

UMass Boston (12-10, 6-5 Little East Conference)
UMass Dartmouth (11-11, 4-7 Little East Conference)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Boyd and Mitchell carried the Beacons past their intra-state rivals to earn the program's first-ever regular season sweep over the Corsairs.  UMass Boston now sits on their longest win-streak ever against UMD with three straight victories.

Mitchell led the Beacons with 21 points, while Boyd finished with 20.  The duo combined for 14 made field goals and an impressive eight 3-pointers respectively. 

Also playing a major part in the conference win was senior Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.), who recorded his first double-double (14 pts, 12 rebs) since the Beacons 69-66 win over Southern Maine on January 24.

On the glass Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) grabbed 10 boards, and also had six points.  Three of the 10 rebounds came on the offensive glass, as UMB held a 40-38 advantage in the rebounding column.

Catapulting the Beacons to the win, which earned them sole possession of fourth place in the conference standings, was 13-0 run to start off Wednesday's contest.  The Beacons peppered the Corsairs defense, who did not have an answer for the Beacons long range shooting.

The Beacons would eventually push their lead to 22-6, thanks to a 3-pointer from Mitchel.  However, even though it looked like the Beacons were going to run away with Wednesday's contest, the Corsairs were not going to go down without a fight.

UMB did manage to keep a decent size lead over the Corsairs over the final 10 minutes of play, and eventually went into the locker room leading 41-28.

The second half was a completely different story, as the Corsairs chipped away at the once comfortable lead for the Beacons.  By the five-minute mark, Wednesday's contest quickly became a one possession affair.  A Patrick Gavin lay-up made it 68-65 in favor of UMB erasing, what had been a double-digit lead for UMB just 10 minutes earlier.

Luckily Boyd and Mitchell would continue to hit crucial shots down the stretch to keep UMB in control of the scoreboard.  The duo hit back-to-back field goals, one of which was a three from Mitchell, to push the Beacons lead back to eight.

UMD would cut the deficit to four on two occasions, but with a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left that Beacons pushed the game to far out of reach of the Corsairs. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston has now won a program record three straight games over the Corsairs
  • They earned the first-ever regular season sweep of the Corsairs in the program's 30+ year history
  • On Monday, Boyd earned his first Little East Conference Rookie of the Week selection
  • With the win the Beacons now have a two-game lead on the fifth place Corsairs, and sit just one game back of third-place Western Connecticut State University
  • As a team the Beacons shot 41.7% (30-72) from the field, 43.5% (10-23) from 3-point range, and 75.0% (9-12) at the free throw line
  • The Beacons recorded a season-high 16 steals in the win, and forced 16 Corsairs turnovers

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will host Plymouth State University on Saturday at 3 p.m.