BOSTON, Mass. – A Javaris Hill (Lynn, Mass.) hard-fought, lay-up with 51 seconds left in regulation lifted men's basketball to a thrilling 75-74 Little East Conference win over the University of Southern Maine Wednesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 75, University of Southern 74
UMass Boston (9-7, 4-4 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine (4-10, 2-5 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After Jayvon Pitts-Young drained his game-leading 14th field goal to give the Huskies a 74-73 lead with 1:27 to play, the Beacons gathered their own rebound on a missed jumper by Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.). Another missed lay-up by Boyd, would find Hill who had to box out two USM players. Right as the ball landed in his hands the freshman forward fought off the defense and scored the and-1 to give the Beacons the one-point advantage. He would then miss the free throw, giving the Huskies a chance to retake the lead.
However Pitts-Young would turn the ball over on the next USM possession. Boyd would give the ball back on an offensive foul with just 15 seconds left in regulation. With Pitts-Young doing all of the Huskies work in Wednesday's contest, USM turned to their hot shooting guard for the final attempt.
He would miss the final shot off the rim, as the buzzer sounded to clinch the Beacons wins. Pitts-Young was unstoppable for a majority of the night as he dropped in 33 points on 14-of-12 shooting. He was also 3-for-5 from distance.
Hill's game-winning basket was just his second made field goal of the night. Boyd led the Beacons with 24 points as he drained 10 field goals, three from behind the arc. The sophomore guard tallied 15 points over the second half, as the Beacons outscored the Huskies 47-42. Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) collected his first double-double of the year with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) was the only other Beacon to finish in double-figures as he drained three treys to finish 6-for-13 from the floor for 15 points.
USM's offense dominated most of the first half with Pitts-Young accounting for 18 of the team's 32 points. Boyd and Cinelli kept the Beacons in the game as UMB went into the break trailing 32-28. Southern Maine shot an impressive 59% from the field, and 50% from 3-point range.
In the second half, USM managed to hold a slim lead over the Beacons until. The momentum shifted in favor of UMB with just over seven minutes to play when they went on an offensive tear as they posted a 15-2 run to take their largest lead of the night (73-63).
Unfortunately, the Beacons could not close it out, as the Huskies came clawing back over the final four minutes to regain the lead with the than Pitts-Young go-head lay-up with 1:27 to play.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Beacons have now won four straight over the Huskies dating back to February 8, 2017
- On the night, the Beacons shot 44.6% (29-65) from the field and 30.4% (7-23) from 3-point range
- UMB held a 41-31 advantage on the glass and had 22 offensive rebounds, the third most this season
- Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) handed out a season-high seven of the Beacons 16 assists
The Beacons will host Western Connecticut State University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.