BOSTON, Mass. - The Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University remained undefeated in Little East Conference play behind a total team effort to defeat men's basketball by the final of 71-58 Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
Trailing by four going into the halftime break, UMass Boston (6-15, 0-10 Little East) looked to pull off the upset of the season. The two teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening minutes of the second half, but Eastern Connecticut (16-4, 10-0 Little East) would never surrender control of the scoreboard as they slowly extended their lead to double-figures to eventually earn the conference win.
A total of four players for ECSU finished in double-figures with Hugh Lindo coming off the bench to score 12 points while also grabbing 11 boards for the games only double-double. Of his 11 boards, six came on the offensive glass as the Warriors dominated the paint scoring almost at will as they finished with 32 points and a 51-24 advantage in rebounds.
Juniors Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) and Gregory Young (Boston, Mass.) each finished with a team-best 11 points and were a combined 7-for-7 at the free throw line respectively. Big-man Kadeem Coulter (Boston, Mass.) dropped in 10 points, while also collecting four rebounds and three blocks before fouling out. Off the bench freshman Sam Freeman (Boston, Mass.) went 4-for-10 from the field and 2-for-2 at the line to finish with 10 points.
The first 20 minutes saw both teams struggle to find any consistency. It was not until the second half that the Warriors were able to build some speed, but still could not put away the Beacons. UMass Boston made their biggest push of the afternoon midway through the second when they cut the Warriors lead from 14 to nine with just under nine minutes to play.
Quadry Allen (White Castle, La.) drained a three and Coulter dropped in a lay-up to make it 39-48 in favor of the visitors. Eastern did manage to get their lead back into double figures, but just like before the Beacons came storming back to once again cut the deficit to single digits. This time it was a three from Young and a pair of free throws from Coulter to spark another quick run by UMB.
However Eastern managed to hang on and went on a 13-8 run to close out the contest.
Prior to the start of Saturday's contest the Beacons honored their two senior members BJ Rosary III (Fontana, Calif.) and Coulter.
Men's Basketball returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to UMass Dartmouth for a 7:30 p.m. Little East Conference game.