Early Run Lifts Eastern Connecticut State Past Men's Basketball

Early Run Lifts Eastern Connecticut State Past Men's Basketball

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team scored 15 straight points after UMass Boston scored the game's initial bucket, and the Warriors went on to their 39th straight Little East Conference regular-season home win, 82-59, Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

THE BASICS

Eastern Connecticut State University 82, UMass Boston 59

(UMass Boston 4-2, Little East 0-2)

(ECSU 5-1, Little East 2-0)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Sophomore guard Charles Mitchell (Boston, MA) came off the bench for the first time this year and led UMass Boston with 14 points (5-of-8 FG). He added four rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block before fouling out with 11:39 to play. 

Freshman forward Javaris Hill (Lynn, MA) had ten points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Junior Alex Sanchez (Salem, Mass.) finished third on the team with seven points, to go along with three steals and two assists.

Five-time defending LEC regular-season champion Eastern moved out to a double-digit lead four minutes into the game and the advantage fell into single digits only twice thereafter, the last time with seven minutes left in the first half.

Leading by 15 at halftime, Eastern pushed the lead to 18 six minutes into the second half before UMass Boston continued to remain in contention, getting to within 11 twice.

Poor free-throw shooting plagued the Beacons throughout. UMass Boston was never able to cut deeper into the deficit in large part to missing 14 of 26 free throws in the game. The Warriors outscored the Beacons by 12 from the stripe, nailing 24 of 37 tries. The game was marred by 49 fouls-which led to 63 free-throw attempts.

Jake Collagan led all players with 17 points to go along with six rebounds. Sophomore guard Cory Muckle added 16 points, freshman forward Sharown Fowler contributing a career-high 12 points in 16 minutes off the bench, with five rebounds. He was 6-of-8 from the foul line. Freshman forward Seth Thomas had 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds along with three steals and two blocks. Junior guard Carlos Gonzalez had eight points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston finished the contest shooting 30.9 percent from the field (21-68), 35.7 percent from distance (5-14) and 46.2 percent (12-26) from the free throw line.
  • The Beacons earned a 44-42 advantage in rebounds and 30-26 lead in points in the paint.
  • Mitchell, Hill and freshman Julius Goines (Worcester, Mass.) all fouled out in the contest.
  • Eastern earned their 22nd-straight win over the Beacons to improve to 56-20 all-time against UMass Boston.

WHO'S NEXT  

After playing the top two teams in the LEC on the road to start conference play, UMass Boston will return home to host Castleton University on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday's contest will mark the first-ever conference meeting between the two programs.

Parts of this release courtesy of Eastern Connecticut State University Sports Information Department