BOSTON, Mass. – Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) and Jalani Jackson (Brockton, Mass.) combined for 16 of the Beacons 25 fourth quarter points as UMass Boston rallied past Rhode Island College to earn a 58-51 Little East Conference win Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 58, Rhode Island College 51
UMass Boston (13-3, 6-1 Little East Conference)
Rhode Island College (10-5, 3-4 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a Anchorwomen run in the third put RIC up 38-33 heading into the final quarter of play, the Beacons offense battled back and erupted for one of their best offensive quarters of the season. UMB outscored the Anchorwomen 25-13 over the final 10 minutes to stay in a three-way tie for first place in the conference standings.
Mazyck's eight fourth quarter points capped-off a game-high 18 points for the sophomore guard. From the field, Mazyck shot 80% (8-for-10), and was also 2-for-2 at the line. Jackson was the only other Beacon to finish in double-figures as she registered 12 points to go along with six assists, three steals, and three rebounds.
Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) had a solid nine points and seven rebounds to lead the Beacons on the glass.
For the Anchorwomen Willcia McBorrough earned the contests only double-double as the forward grabbed 10 rebounds, while dropping in 17 points.
Saturday's contest got off to a great start for UMB as they jumped out to a commanding 14-6 lead through the first quarter. RIC cut into the deficit in the second stanza as they outscored the Beacons 15-12 to make it a five point (26-21) affair in favor of the hosts as the two teams went into the halftime break.
The third quarter was a tough one for the Beacons, as their offense went silent, which gave the Anchorwomen the opportunity to take their first lead of the afternoon. Ornela Livramento and McBorrough combined for nine of the team's 17 points respectively, while RIC as a team shot over 46% from the field in the third. The Beacons managed just seven points in the third and shot only 25% as a team.
With only 10 minutes remaining in regulation, UMB took over in the fourth and silenced the surging Anchorwomen. The Beacons closed out the fourth 7-for-12 from the field and 11-for-13 at the line. Despite losing their lead with just over five to play, RIC would not lay down for the host Beacons. They would grab the lead one more time with 1:25 left in regulation on a Taylor Thompson lay-up. However UMB would counter with a 6-0 run, all from the free throw line, to seal the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the day UMB shot 47.9% (23-48) from the field and 85.7% (12-14)
- RIC held a 35-31 advantage on the glass
- Jackson's six assists marked the second most this season for the guard; Her season high stands at seven which she tallied at Western Connecticut State on December 8, 2018
- With the win the Beacons have now won a program record nine straight over RIC
The Beacons will host the University of Southern Maine at 5:30 p.m.