BOSTON, Mass. – A tough first half offensively for men's basketball proved to be their downfall as Tufts University earned a 73-58 win over the Beacons Thursday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 58, Tufts University 73
Tufts University (6-3)
UMass Boston (4-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In what was on the Beacons toughest 20 minutes of basketball this season the visiting Jumbos took full advantage as they jumped out a commanding 30+ point lead. After nearly four scoreless minutes for both teams, Tufts University erupted on the scoreboard and outscored the Beacons 32-7 over the next 10 minutes.
UMass Boston did hit double-digits before the halftime break, but had a lot of work to do in the second half to close the gap between them and their local rivals.
The Beacons tried to make things interesting in the final half of regulation, but the large deficit proved too much to overcome.
Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) led the Beacons with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) matched Tufts' Luke Rogers for the game-high in points with 14. Iser Barnes (Boston, Mass.) was perhaps the most consistent Beacon in Thursday's loss, as the senior guard registered 12 points.
On the glass, senior James Hawkins, Jr. (West Medford, Mass.) finished with a solid 11 rebounds, and also had four of the team's five blocked shots.
Tufts gained the upper hand in the first half thanks to a 16-for-38 showing from the floor which included five 3-pointers. The Beacons shot a season-low 12.9% from the field prior to the halftime break. They did bounce back in a big way in the second half as they shot 34.2% from the field, and 33.3% from behind the arc. They also shot 83.3% from the charity stripe, and held a 24-18 advantage on the glass.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Also finishing in double-figures for the Jumbos was Vincent Pace who had 13 points, to go along with eight rebounds and three assists
- Thursday's contest marked the 44th meeting between UMass Boston and Tufts University and was the Jumbos 13th win over UMB in the last 14 meetings
- On the night, UMass shot just 24.6% from the field and 28.6% from behind the arc
- Tufts University held a 51-45 advantage on the glass; The Beacons did win the battle on the offensive glass with their 14 rebounds
The Beacons will host Rhode Island College on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.