BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Malik Lorquet's (Sharon, Mass.) 18 points and 10 rebounds men's basketball earned a huge conference win on senior day as the Beacons defeated intra-state rival UMass Dartmouth by the final of 87-79 Wednesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 87, UMass Dartmouth 79
UMass Boston (12-11, 7-8 Little East Conference)
UMass Dartmouth (17-7, 11-4 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Despite controlling all of the first half, the Beacons had to hold off a second half rally by the Corsairs, as UMD eliminated the Beacons comfortable double-digit lead around the midway point. Thanks to an 11-4 run over a three-minute span, UMass Dartmouth found themselves within one following a Marcus Azor lay-up.
However, UMB used their long range shooting to quickly regain a multi-possession lead as they erupted for three straight 3-pointers, and which was capped-off by lay-ups from Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) and Javaris Hill (Lynn, Mass.). Following the lay-in by Hill, UMass Boston had increased their lead to 12 (63-51) with just over nine to play in the contest.
Despite the quick turnaround, the Corsairs continued to battle back keep the Beacons within reach through the final seven minutes of the contest. The Beacons secured the win thanks to seven made free throws over the final 40+ seconds. A pair of made free throws by Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) sealed the win, as the Beacons kept their postseason dreams alive with the victory.
In front of a huge crowd, the Beacons completely controlled the first half as they outscored the Corsairs 40-27. From the field, the Beacons could not miss as they shot 64%, 55.6% from 3-point range. UMass Dartmouth shot just 26% in the opening stanza.
After the break, the Beacons continued to make key baskets to keep their lead intact. The Beacons shot an impressive 14-20 from the line over the final half, with Boyd going a perfect 6-for-6.
Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) also had a huge game for the Beacons, as he finished with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, which included a 3-for-3 performance from behind the arc. Hill dropped in 14 points and had three blocked shots, two steals, and three assists in a team-best 33 minutes of playing time. Lorquet led all players with four blocked shots.
Of UMass Boston 87 points, 37 came from their bench, while an additional 38 points came from inside the paint to cap-off one UMB's best all-around performances of the season.
Atakan Akcam had the lone double-double for the Corsairs with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Azor finished with 16 points and had a team-high four rebounds.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Beacons have now won four of their last five meetings with the Corsairs
- On the night the Beacons shot 53.4% from the field and 57.1% from 3-point range
- The Beacons held a 46-39 advantage on the glass
- Their combined nine blocked shots was a season-high
- Wednesday's contest marked the final home regular-season contest for Robert Nascimento, who had two rebounds and two points in the contest
The Beacons will close out the regular season this Saturday at Rhode Island College at 3 p.m.