Men’s Basketball Season Ends In LEC Tournament Semi-Final

Men’s Basketball Season Ends In LEC Tournament Semi-Final

WILLIMANTIC, CONN. – Led by three 20+ point scorers the second-seeded Owls of Keene State College ended the Beacons 2018 Little East Conference Tournament run as they handed third-seeded men's basketball a 95-84 loss Friday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 84, Keene State College 95

#3 UMass Boston (16-11)
#2 Keene State College (19-8)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Senior Ty Nichols led the Owls with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds, while big-man James Anozie helped to catapult his team to tomorrow's championship game with a double-double of his own, 22 points, 10 rebounds.

For the Beacons their 2017-18 season came to a close with Friday's loss, as the Beacons closed out their most successful season under third-year head coach Jason Harris.  The Beacons third-seed marked their best overall regular season finish in over a decade, while their 16 victories stands as the most since the 2005-06 season.

Freshman Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) capped-off an impressive freshman campaign with a career-high 21-point performance.  The Boston native finished 9-for-15 from the field, which included a pair of 3-pointers.  Fellow freshman Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) finished second on the team with 16 points, and had five assists to close out his first of what should be an impressive four-year career at UMB.

In his final collegiate game, senior Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.) finished third on the team with 14 points, but did grab a team-high six rebounds. 

Keene State used a balanced offense throughout Friday's semi-final contest.  The Owls shot over 60% from the field, and made 25 of their 34 free throw attempts (73.5%) to earn their fourth straight trip and fifth in the last six seasons to the Little East title game. 

Friday's contest marked the final game in the careers of Powers, Iser Barnes (Boston, Mass.), James Hawkins, Jr. (West Medford, Mass.), and Kevin Louis-Jean (Hyde Park, Mass.).

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Beacons trip to the semi-final round marked the second straight, making it the first time since the 2005-06, 2006-07 seasons
  • All-time Keene State College is now 4-0 against the Beacons in the Little East Tournament
  • Keene State will be playing for their fourth conference title tomorrow against the host and top-seeded Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State, who will be looking to win their second straight title
  • On the glass UMass Boston finished with just 19 rebounds, while Keene State grabbed 38 boards
  • The Beacons totaled 14 steals and two blocked shots
  • In total there was 49 fouls called between the two teams and a total of 56 free throw attempts respectively