BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Javaris Hill's (Lynn, Mass.) game-high 24 points men's basketball closed out the 2018 section of their schedule with a solid 74-62 win over the Wentworth Institute of Technology Friday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 74, Wentworth Institute 62
UMass Boston (6-4)
Wentworth Institute (2-7)
HOW IT HAPPENED
On the night, Hill went 10-for-12 from the field and 4-for-6 at the charity stripe. The freshman also grabbed four boards, and had five steals to end the Beacons two-game skid. Alex Sanchez (Salem, Mass.) also had a 20 plus point night as the junior guard finished 10-for-15 from the field, which included one three pointer.
As a team the Beacons shot 56.1% (32-57) from the field as they improved 7-0 all-time over the Leopards.
From the opening tip, UMB led on the scoreboard as they quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead less than six minutes in. A lay-up by Sanchez gave the Beacons their first 10 point lead of the night. The guard then dropped-in a lay-up to make it 12 point affair, while back-to-back free throws by Hill made it a 14-point showing.
Hill would then put in a lay-up with just under 12 minutes to play in the first half to make it a 16-point game (21-5). After Hill made it a 16-point game for the second time, the Leopards came clawing back as they erased the double-digit deficit thanks to an 11-4 run, which made it 29-20 with just over five minutes to play before the break.
Matt Vartanian reduced the Beacons lead to seven on his first and only field goal of the contest. Despite the late rally by WIT, UMB managed to maintain a decent amount of breathing room as they went into the break with a 39-28 lead.
The second half was proved to be on the Beacons most consistent halves of offense this season. WIT threatened their lead just once over the final 20 minutes, as the Beacons cruised to the non-conference win.
The Beacons shot 58.3% from the field in the second half, with Hill leading the way with 12 points. Sanchez finished with nine points to cap-off the victory, as the duo went 9-for-10 from the floor.
Stephan Azums, who has been the Leopards most consistent player all season, led his team with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Kyle Henseler dropped in 15 points, and had three of the team's five 3-pointers.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time UMass Boston now leads the series with Wentworth, 7-0
- Friday's contest marked the first meeting between the two cross-town opponents since 2004, and first in the Clark Gymnasium since 2002
- The Beacons led the contest in the paint 46-30, while their bench outscored the Leopards 38-18
- UMB held a 30-27 advantage on the glass and force 23 WIT turnovers
- The Beacons combined 56.1% shooting from the field marked a season-best for UMB; Their previous season best topped off at 50.8% which they recorded on November 20 against Eastern Nazarene
The Beacons will host Suffolk University on January 3 at 3 p.m.