DARTMOUTH, Mass. – In a back-and-forth Little East Conference affair that came down to the wire men's basketball earned a huge win as they defeated UMass Dartmouth by the final of 72-68 Wednesday evening at the Tripp Center.
UMass Boston 72, UMass Dartmouth 68
UMass Boston (9-8, 3-3 Little East Conference)
UMass Dartmouth (9-7, 2-4 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Trailing by one with just over five minutes left in the second half, a 3-pointer by Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) would prove to the catalyst that gave the Beacons the push they needed. From there UMB never trailed their intra-state rival again and maintained at-least a one possession lead over the Corsairs.
The Corsairs would only tie the Beacons once during the final moments of Wednesday's contest, when Brandon Williams dropped in a 3-pointer with 3:38 to play.
On the night, Boyd led the Beacons with 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting, which included a 50% showing from 3-point range (3-6). At the line, Boyd finished 3-for-4 to cap-off his huge night. Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) returned to the Beacons line-up in a big way as he dropped in 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. The freshman guard also had three 3-pointers.
James Hawkins, Jr. (West Medford, Mass.) and Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.) both grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Hawkins played a crucial role in the Beacons win, as he registered three huge blocks, before closing out the win at the free throw line.
Joshua Imadiyl led the Corsairs with 20 points and had eight rebounds. Jake Ashworth finished with a double-double of 11 rebounds and 15 points.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston has now won back-to-back games over the Corsairs for the first time in program history; Both wins coming in Dartmouth
- Wednesday's victory marked the ninth win all-time against UMass Dartmouth
- From the field the Beacons shot 46.6% (27-58) and 40.0% (8-20) from 3-point range
- The Corsairs held a 37-34 advantage in rebounds, but it was the Beacons who finished the game with a 4-3 advantage in blocked shots
- 11 of Boyd's 24 points were scored in the first half and helped the Beacons to a 29-28 lead at the half
The Beacons will host Keene State College on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.