Second Half Rally Falls Short For Men’s Basketball Against Keene St.

Second Half Rally Falls Short For Men’s Basketball Against Keene St.

BOSTON, Mass. – A game-high 30 points by Ty Nichols helped the Owls of Keene State College earn a 82-76 win over men's basketball Saturday afternoon at Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 76, Keene State College 82

UMass Boston (9-9, 3-4 Little East conference)
Keene State College (12-5, 6-1 Little East Conference)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Nichols erupted for a 9-for-16 performance from the field, which included a pair of 3-pointers.  However, it was his shooting at the free throw line that pushed the Owls past the Beacons, as he finished 10-for-13.  Also having a standout game for Keene State was James Anozie.  The big man collected a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor.

For the Beacons, Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) recorded his second straight 20+ point game as she finished with a career-high 25 points.  From the field, the Malden native finished with a career-high 10 made field goals (10-17), and had three 3-pointers. 

Off the bench Charlie Mitchel (Boston, Mass.) dropped in 15 points, while Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) finished with 10.  Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.) finished with six points and seven rebounds, and had six assists, two blocks, and three steals in 37 minutes of playing time. 

Despite trailing for a majority of the contest, the Beacons tried to make a run in the final two minutes of the second half.  Down 77-66 with 2:29 to play, the Beacons used a 5-0 run to make it a two-possession game.  Nichols then pushed the Owls lead back to eight after going 2-for-2 at the charity stripe.

Another 3-pointer by Boyd made it a 79-74 contest with 35 seconds left.  After Sidi Diallo made just one of his two free throws, the Beacons tried to close the gap even more but their 3-point attempt missed it's mark, as the Owls completed the victory with two more free throws with 14 seconds left in regulation.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Of Keene States 82 points, 48 of them came in the paint
  • The Beacons bench contributed 31 of the team's 76 points
  • On the day UMass Boston shot 37.7% (26-69) from the field, while the Owls shot 49.1% (28-57)
  • Keene State led on the glass 46-29, and had 11 offensive rebounds
  • The Beacons did force 21 Keene State turnovers, which they turned into 22 points
  • From the line, the Beacons shot a season-high 82.4% (14-17)

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will host the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.