KEENE STATE HOLDS ON FOR 95-84 VICTORY OVER MEN'S BASKETBALL
Jan. 22, 2011
BOSTON, MA -Sophomore guard Ryan Martin (Wayne, ME) netted a team-high 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, including a perfect 5-5 from beyond the arc to lead Keene State College past the University of Massachusetts Boston men' basketball team, 95-84, this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the victory, the Owls improve their record to 12-5 overall and 4-3 in the Little East Conference, while the Beacons fall to 7-10 and 1-6 in conference.
Martin helped the Owls jump out to a 48-29 halftime lead by going a perfect 8-8 from the field in the first half en route to netting 18 points by the intermission. Keene led by as many as 20 points in the frame as the Owl defense forced UMass Boston to shoot a dismal 21.2% (7-33) from the floor in the opening half.
A layup by sophomore forward Nicco DeMasco with 16:36 to play in the second half gave KSC its largest lead of the afternoon at 60-34 before the Beacons started chipping away to get back into the contest. With 13:44, UMass Boston senior forward Pat Joseph (Queens, NY) connected on a layup to get the Owl lead back under 20 points at 61-42. A good jumper by junior forward Steve Boudreau (North Andover, MA) gave Keen State a 71-49 with 8:30 left before UMass Boston went on a 10-0 spurt capped by a three pointer by junior guard Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy) to pull the Beacons within 12 points at 71-59 with 5:44 remaining in the half. The Owls would increase their lead back to 17 points following a pair of free throws by junior forward Ollie Hunter (Bedford, NH) to make it 83-69 with only 2:14 left on the clock but UMass Boston continued to fight and was able to get the game back to single digits following four consecutive free throws with 47 seconds left in the contest. Jenkins connected on the first two that were the result of a KSC technical foul while freshman forward M.J. Bentley (Orlando, FL) knocked down the other two shots following a double-bonus situation for the home squad, making it an 85-76 contest. In the two ensuing possessions, Boudreau and freshman center Montel Walcott (New Haven, CT) each connected on one of two shots from the charity stripe, increasing the Owl lead to 87-76 before junior guard Michael Mitchell Jr. (Boston, MA) registered a three point bucket from way behind the arc to cut the lead to 87-79 with 30 ticks left to play. Unfortunately for the Beacons, it would be the closest they would get as Keene State was able to secure the win by knocking down its final six shots from the foul line to seal the 95-84 road victory.
Sophomore Center Rashad Wright (Agawam, MA) played well down low for the Owls, recording a double-double on a game-high 14 rebounds and 11 points while also recording a game-high four blocks. Hunter and sophomore guard Geoff Woodberry (Hyde Park, MA) were also in double-figures for Keene, each netting 10 points, respectively.
For the Beacons, Mitchell Jr. netted a career-high 29 points on 8-of-19 shooting while also registering a game-high five steals. Jenkins contributed with 25 points and eight rebounds off the bench and Joseph chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds.
The Beacons are back in action Tuesday, January 25 when they host the University of Southern Maine at 7:30 p.m. for another LEC match-up while the Owls host Plymouth State University the same night for a 7:30 p.m. tip.