PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Led by Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.) first double-double since his return to the Beacons roster, men's basketball got back on the winning track as they defeated Plymouth State University by the final of 68-53 Wednesday evening at Foley Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 68, Plymouth State University 53
UMass Boston (8-7, 2-2 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State University (6-7, 0-4 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Powers team-leading night consisted of 22 points and 13 rebounds, as the Beacons ended a four-game skid to remain in the top-5 in the Little East Conference standings.
The Beacons led from start-to-finish in Wednesday's contest as they jumped out to a double-digit lead early in the first half. They also used a solid showing on the defensive side of the court to limit the host Panthers to just 14 points through the first 20 minutes of play. The second half was a back-and-forth affair with UMB earning the advantage 43-39 to clinch the victory.
Of his 22 points, Powers recorded 15 in the second half as the senior forward shot 5-for-7 from the field, which included a pair of 3-pointers. He also grabbed six rebounds as the Westwood native continues to make an immediate impact this season.
Boyd collected nine points in the second half, to help the Beacons secure the victory.
Mike Osgood led the Panthers offense with 22 points, with 20 of those coming in the final half. On the night he finished 9-for-19 from the field, but was hit with a technical foul. Jaylen Leroy finished second on the team with 18 points.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win UMass Boston has now won three of their last four meetings against Plymouth State
- The Beacons are now 4-1 at Foley Gymnasium since 2015
- Powers double-double marked the 15th of his Beacons career, and first of the season
- The Beacons forced a combined 20 Panther turnovers, while only giving up nine, which stands as the second fewest this season for UMB
- The Beacons shot a season-high 42.4% from the field against a conference opponent, while also shooting 40.0% from 3-point range
The Beacons will travel to Western Connecticut State University on Saturday for a 3 p.m. conference game.