WESTON, Mass. – Despite a game-high 25 points from senior Sam Freeman (Boston, Mass.) men's basketball dropped a hard fought 80-73 overtime affair Tuesday evening at Regis College.
UMass Boston 73, Regis College 80 (OT)
UMass Boston (7-4)
Regis College (4-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Four Regis players finished in double figures led by Sam Jean-Gilles with 19 points on 9-16 shooting. Ademola Afonja scored six of his eight points in overtime while pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Freeman's game-high 25 points also came with a team-high eight rebounds with Careem Kirksey (Dorchester, Mass.) adding 13 points.
Regis held an early 11-10 lead off a Jean-Gilles layup, but the Beacons responded with an 11-1 run. Freeman's layup capped the big run and UMass led 21-13 with 7:48 to play in the half. Jean-Gilles's layup halted the run and three pointers by Josh Germain and Shaun Wingfield helped the Pride tie up the game at 28-28. The Beacons would carry a 32-31 lead into halftime.
The second half featured a tightly contested battle with Regis holding a slim lead most of the way. Wingfield's three pointer put his team up 47-42 with 13:29 to play, but a Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.) three ball evened the game at 52-52 as the two teams went toe to toe down the stretch. Jean-Gilles hit a pair of shots inside the final three minutes to break ties but with the game tied at 68-68, a Regis miscue gave the Beacons the final possession. The Pride came up with the defensive stop however, and sent the game into overtime.
Afonja came alive in overtime, scoring the first basket of the period and finishing the win off with a key rebound and a pair of made free throws.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Tuesday's meeting was the first-ever between UMass Boston and Regis
- Freeman's 25 points was his fourth 20+ point showing of the season, and it was the third time in the last four games that the senior has shot over 50% from the field
- On the night, UMass Boston shot just 36% from the field, while Regis finished shooting 45.9%
- Regis outrebounded the Beacons 49-42
- In total the score was tied 11 times, and there was seven lead changes
The Beacons will host Bridgewater State University on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Information for this release provided by Regis College Sports Information Department