BOSTON, Mass. – A Steven DiPrizio dunk with 53 seconds left in the second half lifted the Rams of Suffolk University to a 68-66 non-conference decision over men's basketball Thursday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 66, Suffolk University 68
UMass Boston (6-5)
Suffolk University (7-5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Tied at 34 a-piece heading into the second half, the two crosstown rivals battled back-and-forth from start to finish.
The largest lead of the second half belonged to the Beacons when they had a four-point advantage following a 3-pointer by Alex Sanchez (Salem, Mass.) less than six minutes into the final frame. In total the two teams were even on the scoreboard five times.
Prior to the DiPrizio's game-winning field goal, Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) tied and gave UMB their last lead of the contest on a pair of made free throws. Boyd led the Beacons in the second half with nine points to cap-off a 20 point performance for the sophomore. Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) and Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) finished with 10 points each in the loss.
DiPrizio finished second on the team with 18 points and had a game-high 11 rebounds. Michael Hagopian tied the game-high with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, which featured three 3-pointers and a 3-for-4 showing at the line.
Cinelli and Malik Lorquet (Sharon, Mass.) each grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Beacons on the glass.
In the first half, UMB erased an early deficit and jumped out to a game-high 14 points lead with just over eight minutes remaining before the break. However, the Rams erased that comfortable lead over a three-minute span and tied the game at 32-32. They would then take the lead on a Connor Byrne lay-up, but that was quickly countered by a Boyd lay-up to send the two teams into the locker rooms even at 34 all.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time the Beacons are now 20-10 against Suffolk University
- The win for the Rams marked their first in the Clark Gymnasium since December 2, 2014
- Since December 2008 the Beacons are now 9-2 against Suffolk
- As a team the Beacons shot 41.5% from the field, while the Rams finished shooting 43.1%
- UMB shot 38.5% from 3-point range and 53.8% at the line
- The Beacons held a 38-36 advantage on the glass
The Beacons will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday for a 3 pm Little East Conference game.