BOSTON, Mass. – Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) and Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) combined for 46 points respectively to lead men's basketball to a 85-69 non-conference win over cross-city rival Suffolk University Saturday afternoon at Smith Court.
UMass Boston 85, Suffolk University 69
UMass Boston (6-3)
Suffolk University (5-5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons one-two punch combined for 11 of the team's 14 made 3-pointers in the final game of 2019.
Both teams were consistent from the field, with the Beacons shooting over 45% and over 46% from behind the arc. The Rams shot 44% from the field, and 52% from distance.
UMass Boston was able to use a strong offensive surge in the first half as they combined for 42 points. Suffolk initially took the lead to start the contest, but a quick run by the Beacons saw them tie the game just around the midway point on a Boyd 3-pointer. They would then push past Suffolk and would maintain their lead for the remainder of the contest.
Defensively UMass Boston held the Rams to just 28 points in the first half. The second half saw the two rivals trade baskets over the final 20 minutes, with the Beacons earning the slight edge (43-41).
On the day, Cinelli led all scorers with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting (5-8 from 3-point range). Mitchell closed out the win with 22 points all of which came from behind the 3-point arc and at the free throw line.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Beacons will head into the New Year with a .500 or better record for the third straight season
- The Rams held a 33-31 advantage on the glass
- UMass Boston combined for a season-high eight blocked shots, while also turning the ball over just nine times, the fewest since December 4
- All-time the Beacons are now 21-10 against Suffolk University and ended a two-game skid to their local rivals
- UMass Boston has won 10 of their last 12 meetings with Suffolk
The Beacons will be back in action on January 2 when they travel to another cross-city rival in Wentworth Institute of Technology. Start time for that game is 1 p.m.