DANBURY, Conn. – Despite a late second half surge, men's basketball could not make the final push in the end as the fourth-seeded Colonials of Western Connecticut State University defeated the fifth-seeded Beacons by the final of 97-77 Tuesday evening at Feldman Arena.
#5 UMass Boston 77, #4 Western Connecticut State University 97
UMass Boston (13-12)
Western Connecticut State (17-9)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Trailing by as much as 16 in the early part of the second half, the Beacons managed to cut the deficit to just six points around the midway point. However, an offensive run by the Colonials put WCSU back in firm control of the scoreboard as they cruised over the final 10 minutes of play to secure a spot in Friday's semi-final round at Keene State College.
Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) led all players with 24 points on a 10-of-15 performance, which included shooting 50% (4-8) from behind the arc. Malik Lorquet (Sharon, Mass.) nearly posted the game's only double-double as he finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) closed out another strong season in a Beacons uniform with 15 points.
For WCSU the duo of Aaron Samuel and Rashard Rodriguez did all the heavy lifting for the Colonials as they combined for 36 points respectively.
From distance the Colonials were consistent all night as they shot 48% as a team. They also shot 59% from the field as they went 36-for-61. Their solid shooting night was capped-off by a 92.3% shooting performance at the line.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the loss the Beacons 2018-19 season ends at 13-12 overall, making it the fourth time in the last five years that UMB has posted a winning record, three of which have been under head coach Jason Harris
- The 24 points matched a season-high for Boyd, and the seventh 20+ point performance of his sophomore campaign
- The Beacons shot 42.6% from the field and 73.9% from the line
- WCSU held a 37-29 advantage in rebounds
- Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) led the Beacons defense effort with four of the team's 12 steals
- The Beacons will welcome back nearly their entire roster in 2019-20 with just one senior member on this year's roster.