Second Half Surge Carries Western Connecticut Past Men’s Basketball

Second Half Surge Carries Western Connecticut Past Men’s Basketball

DANBURY, Conn. – After a wild back and forth first half, the Colonials of Western Connecticut State University shot over 51% in the second to hand men's basketball a 81-65 Little East Conference game Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 65, Western Connecticut State University 81

UMass Boston (8-8, 2-3 Little East Conference)
Western Connecticut State (7-7, 4-1 Little East Conference)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The first 20 minutes of Saturday's conference match-up was a shootout with the two teams trading baskets from start to finish.  The Beacons held a 34-33 advantage heading into the break, behind a team-leading performance by Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.) and Iser Barnes (Boston, Mass.).  The duo each dropped in 10 points as UMB 38.9% from the field.  The Colonials' Chaunce Dunbar finished with 13 points in the high flying first half

Unfortunately, in the second half, the Colonials would shoot their way past the Beacons to earn the conference win.  WCSU shot over 51% from the field and outscored UMB 48-31.  Three players finished in double-figures over the final 20 minutes, with Eli Rodriguez leading the way with 12 points.  Off the bench, Evan Curtin and Shea Tracy combined for 21 points respectively.

On the day, Barnes and Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) both finished with a team-high 17 points.  Boyd was the only Beacon to finish in double digits in the second half (13 pts).  Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) and Powers finished second on the team with 11 points each, with Powers also grabbing 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double.

UMB finished shooting just over 36% from the field, while the host Colonials shot 46%.  The Beacons struggled from distance as they made just five 3-pointers.  WCSU countered that with 10 3-pointers, with six of those coming in the second half. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • With the loss, UMass Boston has now dropped two straight the Colonials
  • The Colonials led in rebounds 42-39 and held an 18-6 advantage in assists
  • At the free throw line both teams finished shooting over 70%
  • Rodriguez led the Colonials with 17 points and 10 rebounds to earn the team's only double-double

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. conference game.