BOSTON, Mass. – Led by the Little East Conference's top playmaker in Hugh Lindo, the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University stayed undefeated in conference play as they handed the Beacons a 79-58 loss Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 58, Eastern Connecticut State University 79
UMass Boston (10-5, 3-2 Little East Conference)
Eastern Connecticut State U. (11-5, 5-0 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lindo's team-leading performance was highlighted by a game-high 29 points and a team-best 10 rebounds. The reigning Little East Defensive Player of the Year also led the contest in blocked shots with three. From the field Lindo shot 12-for-17, while at the line he finished 5-for-9.
For the Beacons senior Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.) had the best showing for the Beacons as he put together his best double-double to-date. The Westwood native dropped in 17 points, and had 15 rebounds, which included six on the offensive glass. Powers was 7-for-16 from the field, which included a pair 3-pointers, and one free throw.
Off the bench Alex Sanchez had a strong showing with nine points to go along with three rebounds in 31 minutes of action. Ty Lee (Boston, Mass.) finished second on the team in minutes played with 35 and had three assists, three steals, and eight points.
In what was a battle for first place in the Little East Conference, the two teams battled back-and-forth throughout the first half. After an early run by the Warriors, the Beacons took their first lead of the afternoon on a Careem Kirksey (Dorchester, Mass.) lay-up less than five minutes into the contest.
Despite giving up their lead the Beacons still kept things close over the final five minutes, and actually regained the lead with 4:10 to play on a Powers 3-pointer. Unfortunately, the Warriors would gain their momentum back as they went on a 13-4 run before the half.
In the second half, the Warriors controlled the scoreboard early and quickly extended their lead into double-figures. The Beacons had multiple opportunities to cut the deficit down to a two possession game, but were unable to score the crucial field goal when given the opportunity.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston shot 31.7% from the field, while the Warriors shot 44.8% overall
- ECSU held a 43-38 advantage on the glass and combined for four blocked shots
- The Beacons did shot 72.7% from the free throw line to remain one of the top teams in the conference at the charity stripe
The Beacons will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. conference game.