Plymouth State Plays Spoiler On Men's Basketball Senior Day

Plymouth State Plays Spoiler On Men's Basketball Senior Day

BOSTON, Mass.—Behind a game-high 25 points from Jack Preston and 24 forced turnovers, Plymouth State University downed UMass Boston Men's Basketball on Senior Day at the Clark Athletic Center.

THE BASICS

Plymouth State University 67, UMass Boston 52

(UMass Boston 12-11, Little East 5-7)

(Plymouth State 9-13, Little East 4-7) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Plymouth State used an 16-2 run to break the game open in the first half and closed the contest on a 15-7 run, to spoil Senior Day for the six Beacons seniors.

UMass Boston honored Sam Freeman (Boston, Mass.), Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.), Careem Kirksey (Dorchester, Mass.), Iser Barnes (Boston, Mass.), Neil Cesar (Randolph, Mass.) and William Butts (Stoneham, Mass.).

Kirksey and Freeman paced the Beacons with 13 and 12 points respectively, with both players also adding seven rebounds. Powers pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and team-high three assists. Cesar chipped in seven points in 10 minutes of action.

Preston finished an impressive 10-for-15 from the field and added eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks off the bench. Ernie Johnson added 16 points on 9-of-10 free throw shooting and Jaylen Leroy tacked on nine points on three 3-pointers.

UMass Boston jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the opening 10 minutes thanks to seven points from Kirskey. After Freeman hit two free throws, Kirksey knocked down a jump shot, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and tacked on a lay-in for seven-straight Beacon points. 

Plymouth State responded with a big surge, as they scored 16 of the next 18 points to take control for good. Preston would pour in seven of his own and Johnson added a layup and a 3-pointer to make it 24-17 with 4:36 to play in the half. A late Johnson jumper just before the halftime buzzer gave Plymouth State a 32-25 advantage.

UMass Boston came out firing after the break and cut the deficit to one at 32-31 and 34-33 in the opening five minutes of play. The Beacons kept the game at a one or two possession game until a long scoring drought did them in.

With the Beacons trailing 43-39 with 11:47 left, Plymouth State went on a 5-0 run over the next 3:24.

UMass Boston would cut the deficit back to seven with 4:13 left, but it would be all Plymouth State the rest of the way. The Panthers closed the game on a 15-7 run, with Johnson hitting all eight of his free throws down the stretch.

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • Plymouth State turned 24 Beacons turnovers into 21 points. The Beacons caused 17 turnovers and turned them into 14 points.
  • UMass Boston shot 32.7 percent (18-of-55) from the field and just 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from distance. Plymouth State knocked down 23-of-53 shots (43.4 percent) and 25 percent (4-of-16) of their looks from distance.
  • The Beacons shot their second-best percentage of the season from the charity stripe at 86.7 percent (13-of-15).
  • With the win, Plymouth State earned a season-split with the Beacons, and improved to 49-21 all-time against UMass Boston.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will take to the road for their final two games of the regular season. The Beacons will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and then take on regular-season champion Eastern Connecticut State on Saturday at 1.