Nov. 19, 2010
The University of Massachusetts Boston men's basketball team held on to defeat Eastern Nazarene College, 69-67, Thursday evening in the Beacons season opener at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. A three point attempt by the Lions just missed the back of the rim and a put back attempt rattled out following an offensive rebound resulting in a win for the UMass Boston who improves to 1-0 on the year. The loss drops ENC to 0-2 in the early goings of the 2010-11 campaign.
Over the final ten minutes of the second half, Eastern Nazarene battled back from deficits of 11 and 13 to draw within two with just seven seconds remaining. The Lions gathered a loose ball and pushed it down the court to find senior guard DeAngelo Alston waiting in the corner. Alston's shot skimmed over the rim to Lion freshman John Flakes whose putback bounced off the rim into the hands of UMass Boston to end the game giving the Beacons the 69-67 victory.
UMass Boston was led sophomore guard Jason White who registered 17 points while shooting 6 of 11 from the field. Freshmen Dontreal Thomas and Mark Reddick each contributed ten points. Senior forward Pat Joseph grabbed a team high 9 rebounds and blocked a shot to go along with his 3 assists in the Beacon victory.
Junior center Chima Ezeigbo scored 20 points, gathered 13 rebounds and blocked 6 shots to anchor the Lions. Freshman John Flakes Jr. tallied 19 points while grabbing 10 boards and blocking 4 shots. Aaron Johnson contributed to the Lions comeback efforts with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Alston ran the offense efficiently dishing out 7 assists while scoring 7 points and grabbing 3 rebounds.
The Beacons will be back in action on Tuesday, November 23 when they head to Fitchburg State for a 7:30 p.m. tilt while the Lions will be looking to notch their first win of the new season this Saturday, November 20, when they host Wheaton College in their home opener at 7:00 p.m.
*Release information provided courtesy of ENC Sports Information Dept.