BOSTON, Mass. – Behind a game-high 22 points from Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) men's basketball put together one of their most dominant performances this season as they cruised past Western Connecticut State University with a 86-52 win Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium on senior day.
UMass Boston 86, Western Connecticut State University 52
UMass Boston (15-10, 9-5 Little East Conference)
Western Connecticut State (13-12, 8-6 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Looking to secure the third-seed in next week's Little East Conference Tournament, the Beacons came out firing in the opening 10 minutes of the first half. UMB managed to build some early momentum, thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.).
Senior Iser Barnes (Boston, Mass.) also played a major role in the Beacons early offensive surge, as he drained a pair of early trey's to give the Beacons a 10 point lead over the Colonials.
Mitchell and Boyd would add to the lead as the hot shooting duo exchanged 3-pointers to push the Beacons lead to 11 with 7:36 to play before the halftime break. The Beacons would close out the final seven plus minutes with a 13-2 run to head into the break lead 39-20.
After the intermission, the Beacons kept their foot on the gas as they quickly pushed their to 27 points thanks to a 10-2 run in the first three minutes. The Beacons offense was relentless in the second half. By the 12:41 mark they sat with a 31 point lead after another Boyd 3-pointer.
From that point on the Beacons would use their entire bench and would honor their four senior members in Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.), Barnes, Kevin Louis-Jean (Hyde Park, Mass.) and James Hawkins, Jr. (West Medford, Mass.) in the closing minutes of the contest.
Mitchell's day consisted of a 5-for-10 showing from 3-point range, and a 6-fo-13 performance from the field. Boyd dropped in 19 points in the one-sided victory as he went 7-for-12, which included four 3-pointers. Barnes drained a trio of 3-pointers to cap-off his 6-for-15 day. Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) contributed 12 points, and matched the game-high with eight rebounds. Powers also had eight boards and finished the day with four points, and four steals.
For the Colonials, Aaron Samuel finished with a game-high 13 points, while Evan Curtin and Jordan Grant each dropped in 10 points.
From the field the Beacons shot an impressive 41.9%, while behind the arc they shot a season-high 41.2% (14-34). At the line, the Beacons also had one of their best showings against a conference opponent as they shot 76.9%.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Beacons will now be the three-seed in next week's Little East Conference Tournament, and will host their first playoff game in Clark Gym in over a decade.
- In total 30 players from both teams stepped onto the court in Saturday's conference game
- The Beacons shot 51.4% (18-35) in the second, and had seven 3-pointers.
- The Beacons held a 43-38 advantage on the glass, with 14 of those boards coming on the offensive side of the floor
- The Beacons forced a combined 22 WCSU turnovers, and had 14 steals
The Beacons will host the sixth-seeded Anchormen of Rhode Island College on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. as part of a conference tournament doubleheader in the Clark Gym.