BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—Bridgewater State University used a 49-point second half to earn an 82-68 win over visiting UMass Boston Men's basketball on Monday night.
Bridgewater State 82, UMass Boston 68
(UMass Boston 7-7)
(Bridgewater State 7-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Bridgewater State used a 10-0 run early in the second half to erase the Beacons' lead and shot 61.3 percent in the second stanza to earn the win.
Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) led the Beacons with a career-high 26 points on 7-of-15 shooting from behind the 3-point line. He also added a game-high five steals and tied his brother Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) for the team lead with seven rebounds.
Those three Beacons finished with 56 of the Beacons' 68 points and combined to shoot 47.8 percent (22-46) from the field. The rest of the team combined for just 12 points on 4-28 shooting (14.3 percent).
Bridgewater State senior Joseph Carty finished with a career-high 26 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts. Rayshon Ward added 21 points and 11 rebounds and Dakari Hannah-Worum had seven points, five rebounds and five blocks.
The score was tied 33-33 at the break as the first half featured six ties and four lead changes. Charles Mitchell tallied 18 of the Beacons' 33 points in the opening stanza as he connected for six three-pointers. Carty paced the Bears with 12 first-half points.
UMass Boston opened the second half with a 10-2 run highlighted by a pair of three-pointers by Powers. The Bears, however, answered with ten straight points to take a 45-43 lead with 15:12 remaining. Carty scored six points during the run, including a pair of three-points plays, while St. Louis notched four.
Out of a UMass Boston timeout, a three-pointer by Mitchell reclaimed the lead for the Beacons, but fastbreak layups by Carty, St. Louis, and Ward, followed by a Carty put-back put Bridgewater back on top, 53-46, and forced another UMass timeout with 11:34 showing on the scoreboard.
Later in the period, a 9-3 Bridgewater State run capped off by a Hannah-Wornum layup, gave the Bears a ten-point lead (65-55) with six minutes left play. A Boyd layup followed by a Mitchell traditional three-point play pulled the Beacons to within five, but the Bears answered with a 10-2 run to get the lead back to double-digits (75-62) and put the game out of reach with 2 ½ minutes remaining. Ward scored the first four points of the run, while Brian Grant capped it off with a breakaway layup.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, Bridgewater State swept the season series over the Beacons. They also earned an 82-78 win over the Beacons in the Harbor Invite Championship Game. UMass Boston leads the all-time series 18-17.
- The Beacons earned a 21-12 edge in points off turnovers and 14-7 lead in second-chance points.
- Charles Mitchell has set a new career-high for points in a game in three of his last six games. He tied his career-high with seven 3-pointers in the win and set a new career-high with 15 attempts from distance.
UMass Boston will look to get back into the column on Wednesday night, when the Beacons travel to Plymouth State University for a 7:30 p.m. start. Wednesday's game is a rematch of last year's Little East Conference Quarterfinals (#4-#5), in which the Beacons upset the Panthers 61-57.
Parts of this release courtesy of Bridgewater State University Sports Information Department