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.
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.
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