BOSTON, Mass. - Led by Mike Garrow, who became the newest member of the 1,000 point club, the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University defeated men's basketball by the final of 81-60 Saturday afternoon at the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium in a Little East Conference contest.
With the loss the Beacons fell to 5-6 overall, and 0-3 in the conference. The Warriors who were ranked in the top-25 in the country two weeks again improved to 9-4 overall, and 3-0 in the Little East.
Garrow's historic day was fueled by a 16 point, 10 rebound showing. He was one of four Warriors to finish in double-figures with Brian Salzillo scoring a game-high 22 points.
For the Beacons junior Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) continued his strong play dropping in 19 points, while collected six boards and handing out three block shots. Omar Benabicha (Saugus, Mass.), who is having a standout second half of the season finished with 11 points, three assists, and one steal.
UMass Boston led the contest from the field shooting 45.0% (27-60), but it was the Warriors who finished with a +12 advantage on the glass as they out-rebounded the Beacons 42-30. The Warriors were also dangerous from behind the three point line as they finished 13-for-27 in the conference victory, while UMass was just 3-for-7.
The Beacons kept the contest close in the first 20 minutes of play and went into the halftime break trailing by nine (40-31). However it was in the second half that the Warriors were able to break the game wide open as they pushed their lead to 15 five minutes into the second. Eastern's lead would never drop to less than 14 as they rode out the victory to remain undefeated in LEC play.
Gregory Young (Boston, Mass.), who had a huge game for the Beacons in the non-conference win over Framingham State on Tuesday, finished with nine points and eight rebounds and also had three steals. Off the bench Kadeem Coulter (Boston, Mass.) finished with eight points and had two boards and a block.
Men's Basketball returns to action on Tuesday when they host Plymouth State University at 7:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.