BOSTON, Mass.—Behind a career-high 32 points from freshman Javaris Hill (Lynn, Mass.), UMass Boston men's basketball knocked off Castleton University 78-64 to earn their first Little East Conference victory of the season.
UMass Boston 78, Castleton 64
(UMass Boston 5-2, Little East 1-2)
(Castleton 3-5, Little East 0-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lynn went off for 14 or more points in both halves and finished the night with eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. The freshman, who's previous career high was 16 points in the Beacons' opener, went 14-21 from the field and 4-6 from the charity stripe.
Sophomore twins Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) and Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) were the only other two Beacons to finish in double figures. Cs. Mitchell ended the night with 11 points, five rebounds and steals. C. Mitchell tacked on 10 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Off the bench, junior Mark Munroe (Quincy, Mass.) added nine points and three rebounds in 10 minutes of action.
Tank Roberson and Richard Walker were the lone two Spartans to finish in double-figures. Roberson recorded 13 points, six assists and a game-high 11 turnovers. Walker tacked on 12 points and three rebounds.
UMass Boston used their aggressive defense to speed up the Spartans for much of the night, as the Beacons turned 23 Castleton turnovers into a 32-12 edge in points off turnovers.
Neither team could wrestle control of the contest in the first half, as UMass Boston took a slim 40-36 edge into the break.
The Beacons opened up a sizeable lead for good early in the second half, when they opened the second stanza on an 11-2 run. Hill had eight of the Beacons' 11 points during the run, as UMass Boston pushed their advantage to 51-38 just 4:49 into the second half.
Castleton kept the game within 10-14 points for the next four minutes, before UMass Boston used a 11-4 flurry to extend their lead to 69-51 with 9:24 left. C. Mitchell and Hill each had four points during the run, with Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) adding on a layup and a free throw.
The Spartans cut the deficit down to 73-60 with 5:06 to play, only for Hill and Munroe to knock down layups on back-to-back possessions to push the lead back to 17 with 3:28 left.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston held a huge 54-26 edge in points in the paint. Seventeen of the Beacons 37 rebounds came on the offensive end.
- The Beacons finished the game shooting 47.1 percent (32-68) and 66.7 percent (12-18) from the free throw line.
- Hill is the first Beacon to record 30 or more points since Sam Freeman ('17) finished with 30 points against Western Connecticut State University on December 3, 2016.
- Wednesday's contest marked the first-ever meeting and first-ever conference contest between the two programs.
- With the win, UMass Boston improves to 4-0 this season at home. UMass Boston has outscored their opponents by 19.25 points per game in home contests.
- The Beacons recorded 17 assists and had 14 turnovers in the contest. Castleton was charged with 23 turnovers against just 15 assists.
UMass Boston will close out conference play for the semester, when they travel to take on Western Connecticut State University on Saturday at 1 p.m.