PLYMOUTH, N.H.—Plymouth State University held UMass Boston to one basket over the final 3:13, to break open a tie-game and earn a crucial Little East Conference victory.
Plymouth State University 75, UMass Boston 71
(UMass Boston 11-11, Little East 6-8)
(Plymouth State 12-11, Little East 6-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Panthers freshman Nathan Rivera gave his team the lead for the final time with 2:50 to play, to spark a 12-8 close-out run.
After the teams were within two possessions of each other for the entire game, the Panthers scored on seven of their final eight possessions to earn the season-split with the Beacons.
Freshman Javaris Hill (Lynn, Mass.) led the Beacons with a game-high 21 points. Hill finished an impressive 8-8 from the field and 5-6 from the charity stripe, to go along with six rebounds.
Junior Alex Sanchez (Salem, Mass.) tacked on 18 points, including knocking down four of his eight three-point attempts.
Sophomore Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) was the final Beacon to finish in double-figures. He recorded 16 points, to go along with a team-best eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Manny Alisandro led the hosts with a double-double of 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Rivera tacked on 15 points and a game-high eight assists. Jaylen LeRoy and and Mike Osgood were the final two Panthers in double-figures. The pair finished with 15 and 14 points respectively.
In a game that featured five lead changes and six ties, neither side could wrestle the momentum in the game for long.
UMass Boston held the slight edge for the opening 14 minutes. The Beacons scored five of the first seven points and did not trail at any point through the opening 13:59.
After Plymouth State tied the game at 8-8 with 12:26 to go in the half, UMass Boston went on a 9-3 run to grab their largest lead of the game (17-11). Four different Beacons scored during the run, with Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) capping it off with a 3-pointer at 9:12.
Plymouth State came racing back and took their first lead of the game on Alisandro's 3-pointer with 6:01 to play in the first half.
The Panthers would hold on to the lead for the rest of the half and held on to a 36-34 advantage going into the break.
Boyd came out red-hot for the Beacons to start the second half. He scored five points and added an assist to give UMass Boston their first lead in over 10 minutes (42-41).
Plymouth regained the lead and built their lead to as many as five points, before UMass Boston muscled their way back into the game. Trailing 61-56 with 5:20 to play, the Beacons held Plymouth State to one basket over the next 2:07 to tie the game at 63-63.
Hill and Boyd combined for all seven points during the run. Hill converted a 3-point play and Boyd followed by hitting two free throws and a putback layup.
The Beacons offense would taper off over the final 3:13 though, as they failed to hit another basket until Mitchell hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston finished the game shooting 41.3 percent (26-63) from the field, 34.8 percent (8-23) from distance and 64.7 percent (11-17) from the free throw line.
- With the win, UMass Boston and Plymouth State both are tied for sixth-place in the Little East Conference at 6-8. The two teams and Rhode Island College (6-7) are all vying for the final two spots in the upcoming LEC Tournament.
- The Beacons held a slim 34-32 edge in rebounding and a 19-13 lead in points off turnovers.
- Sophomore guard Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) missed his first game of the season and saw his 37-game played streak come to an end.
- With the loss, UMass Boston saw their four-game winning streak over the Panthers snapped. Plymouth State leads the all-time series 50-25.
UMass Boston will host intra-state rival UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for their Senior Day Game. The Beacons will honor lone senior Rob Nascimento (Boston, Mass.) before the contest.