FITCHBURG, Mass. – Led by Mike Ingram-Rubin's game-high 24 points the Falcons of Fitchburg State University (3-0) managed to sneak past men's basketball (1-2) by the final score of 76-73 in overtime Tuesday evening at the Elliot Athletic Complex
After taking an early two-point lead off of a Josh Mojica (Loiza, Puerto Rico), clutch free-throw shooting by the Falcons would give them the edge over the Beacons. Ingram-Rubin tied the game for the 12th time on a lay-up with 4:03 left in the OT.
Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) than pushed UMB back out in front with a huge 3-pointer with less than four to play. A Jeremy Kimber jumper would make it a one-possession affair. After a slew of shots, turnovers, and rebounds the Falcons would end-up with the ball at the free throw line. Tom Henneberry would knock down a pair of free throws to put Fitchburg in front by one (74-73). Ingram-Rubin would then clinch the win in the final seconds as he went 2-for-2 at the charity strip.
Fitchburg State trailed by four at the break (35-31), but the Falcons opened the second period with a 12-4 run, sparked by a three from Brandon Selby at the 15:32 mark. The Green and Gold grabbed their biggest lead of the evening (56-49) capped by a three point effort from Matthew Richardson,), but the Beacons battled back with a 9-2 run to knot the score at 58-58.
UMass Boston continued its offensive momentum to post a 65-60 margin with 4:32 remaining, but the Falcons answered again with six straight points from Ingram-Rubin to inch within one (67-66). Down at the other end of the court, Brian Clarke (Miramar, Fla.) gave the Beacons a two point cushion, hitting 1-of-2 on a one-and-one bonus attempt, but another jumper by Ingram-Rubin with just 0:47 left in regulation lifted the Falcons into the five minute extra frame.
On the night Ingram-Rubin was 8-of-15 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line to lead Fitchburg State. For Joseph, his night consisted of a team-best 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the field, which included five 3-pointers. Rahshjeem Benson (Boston, Mass.) continued his strong play in the paint pulling down a game-high 15 boards to go along with eight points and one block.
Off the bench Jahleel Moise (Brockton, Mass.) finished second on the team with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting (two 3-pointers) and was 1-of-4 at the line. For the Falcons Brandon Selby also notched double-figures with 14 points.
For the contest, Fitchburg State shot well from the line, hitting 20-of-29 attempts from the charity stripe, while also hitting on 31.7% from the field. UMass Boston controlled the glass with a 57-55 advantage, while shooting 29-of-77 throughout the game, including 8-of-24 from beyond the arc.
Men's Basketball returns to action on Friday when they make their home debut in the first-round of the 28th Annual Harbor Invitational. The Beacons will face the University of New England at 5:30 p.m. in the Clark Gym.
Information for this release provided by Fitchburg State University Sports Information Department