BOSTON, Mass. – Another hot start, once again proved to be a huge factor as men's basketball powered past Plymouth State University to earn a 76-62 Little East Conference win over the Panthers Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 76, Plymouth State University 62
UMass Boston (13-10, 7-5 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State University (9-14, 1-11 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons used a 23-7 run through the first 12 minutes of the first half to take control of the contest. They then held off a rallying Panthers group in the second half thanks to a 16-point performance by Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.).
With the victory, the Beacons have secured the fourth-seed in the Little East Conference Tournament. They will host their first playoff game since the 2007 season on February 20, against an opponent to be determined.
The Beacons had to dig deep around the midway point of the second half, as the Panthers cut what as a comfortable double-digit lead down to eight points. A Collin Sullivan three with 8:37 to go gave Plymouth State so momentum, but for every Plymouth State basket, the Beacons were able to answer almost immediately.
UMass Boston secured the win with a 13-1 run over a four-minute span. Boyd dropped in a pair of lay-ups during that stretch, while the Mitchell brothers each drained 3-pointer to push the game out of reach for Plymouth State.
Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) led the contest with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, which featured three of the team's six 3-pointers. Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.), who did a majority of the work for the Beacons in the first half, finished second on the team with 16 points. Boyd finished tied for second with his 16 second half points. Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.) battled in the paint from start to finish with 10 points and had seven rebounds, and two blocked shots.
The Beacons were consistent from the field all afternoon, as they shot a season-high 50.8% (31-61). UMass Boston's defense, held the Panthers to just 34% shooting, and forced a combined 20 turnovers.
Mike Osgood led the Panthers with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Collin Sullivan finished with 13 points, followed by Chase Soares who had 12 points and six rebounds. Ruay Bol matched the game-high in rebounds off the bench, and had seven points.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Of their 76 points, 42 of them came in the paint, while 20 came off-of turnovers
- The Beacons controlled the lead from the start and never once gave up the lead in Saturday's win
- With the win the Beacons earned their first regular season sweep of the Panthers since the 2014-15 campaign.
- Panthers finished the contest with a 39-37 advantage in rebounds
- Beacons recorded a combined 18 assists which was a season-high in conference play
The Beacons will travel to Southern Maine on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.