BOSTON, Mass. - Trailing by 22 midway through the second half men's basketball erased the large deficit thanks in part to a 24-6 run to nearly knock off the Anchormen of Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Gym. Unfortunately RIC held on to defeat the Beacons 70-65.
Rhode Island's narrow victory marked the 13 of the year and seventh in the Little East Conference. They now hold a 13-7 record overall, 7-2 against LEC opponents. For the Beacons they unfortunately fell to 5-14, 0-9 in the conference following Saturday's tough loss.
Four Beacons played a major part in the second half turn around with junior Gregory Young (Boston, Mass.) at the front of the group. He would finish with 10 of his 14 points in the final 20 minutes. From the field Young was 4-for-9 and had one key block and three huge steals.
Also helping to fuel the rally was big-man Kadeem Coulter (Boston, Mass.) and sophomore Omar Benabicha (Saugus, Mass.). The duo each finished with eight points, while junior Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) dropped in seven, while also grabbing four boards. Joseph ended the day with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting, 2-of-5 from behind the arc. He would also grab a game-best nine boards.
From the field the Beacons were red hot as they shot 44.4% (16-for-36) to outscore the Anchormen 39-26 in the second half. The Beacons defense was also solid forcing 14 of RIC's 21 turnovers, while also coming up with five steals and five blocked shots.
For the Anchormen they managed to hang on for the win thanks in part to Jacob Page's eight points and a clutch lay-up in the closing minute by Eric Alleyne which made it a three possession game. They also got four huge points (dunk and two free throws) from Chris Burton. Page finished with a team-best 12 points, while Tom Deciantis led the starting five with 11 points. Burton finished with seven points and seven rebounds and also had three of RIC's five blocks.
Rhode Island College was in total control of the first half and went into the break with a comfortable 18 point lead. They would maintain their lead through the first eight minutes of the second until UMass Boston exploded on both sides of the court. Rhode Island was unable to contain the revitalized Beacons but with some key baskets late in the half managed to slip by with the win.
Men's Basketball returns to action on Thursday when they host Fitchburg State University at 7 p.m.