Hot Start Leads Men's Basketball Back To Paula Titus Memorial Championship Game

Hot Start Leads Men's Basketball Back To Paula Titus Memorial Championship Game

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's basketball raced out to an 18-2 lead and never let Framingham State University back into the game, to earn a 76-60 win over the Rams in the first game of the 2nd Annual Paula Titus Memorial Invitational. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 76, Framingham State 60

(UMass Boston 4-0)
(Framingham State 0-6) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons scored on seven of their first eight possessions and shot 51.8 percent for the game, to move to 3-0 all-time in the Paula Titus Memorial Invitational. 

Junior Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) paced the Beacons with 21 points on 9-15 shooting. He chipped in three rebounds, two assists and two blocks. 

Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) tacked on 17 points, five rebounds and five assists. Boyd finished 5-8 from the field and recorded a season-high five made 3-pointers (5-6). 

Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds, while Malik Lorquet (Sharon, Mass.) posted a line of eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks. 

Framingham State was led by Cameron McCloud Thomas and Colin Myers. McCloud-Thomas finished with 16 points and seven reounds, while Myers knocked down four 3-pointers for 16 points.  

UMass Boston's starting five dominated the Rams in the first half, especially in the first five minutes. The Beacons scored on each of their six possessions and knocked down four 3-pointers in the first 5:06 to jump out to an 18-2 advantage. 

Framingham State eventually cut the deficit to 11 points with 6:19 left in the half, only for Lorquet to key a 10-0 run. The sophomore center hit a layup and then converted a 3-point play, before assisting back-to-back baskets from Charles Mitchell and Mark Munroe (Quincy, Mass.). Lorquet closed out the run by going 1-2 on two free throws to make it 42-21 with 2:30 left in the half. 

UMass Boston went into the half leading 45-26 and extended their lead out to a game-high 25 points with 15:40 to play. UMass Boston opened the second half on a 12-6 run, with Charles Mitchell and Boyd knocking down back-to-back threes to make it a 25-point game. 

Framingham State got within 12 in the final 90 seconds, but the Mitchell twins combined for a 4-0 run to snuff out any chance of a Rams comeback. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Beacons shot 51.8 percent (29-56) from the field and 44 percent (11-25) from distance. 
  • With the win, UMass Boston will get a chance to defend their title. The Beacons defeated Curry College (75-51) and the College of Saint Joseph's (Vt.) (99-72) in last year's tournament. 
  • UMass Boston held a 44-27 edge in rebounding. They also led 34-20 in points in the paint and 15-10 in second-chance points. 
  • The Beacons hit a season-high 11 three pointers on a season-high 25 attempts. 
  • Boyd's five 3-pointers were his most since his freshman season. Boyd hit six 3-pointers in a 86-71 win over Pine Manor College as a freshman. 
  • Long time men's basketball coach and current vice chancellor Charlie Titus will be honored during halftime of the Championship Game. Titus will be honored by the New England Basketball Hall of Fame for recently being named to the NEBHOF Legend's List.  
  • With the win, UMass Boston is now 11-4 all-time against the Rams. The Beacons have won five-straight dating back to the 2011-12 season. 

WHO'S NEXT  

UMass Boston will play in the Championship Game of the 2nd Annual Paula Titus Memorial Invitational on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Beacons will play the winner of Friday's second game, which pitted Eastern Nazarene College and #16 WPI.