BOSTON, Mass. – Led by a game-high 26 points from Alex Sanchez (Salem, Mass.) men's basketball got back on the winning track as they earned a crucial 86-63 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University Thursday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 86, Plymouth State University 63
UMass Boston (7-7, 2-4 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State (8-6, 4-3 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sanchez's game-leading performance was fueled by a 10-for-15 performance from the field, which included one 3-pointer. The junior guard also finished 5-for-6 at the charity stripe to go along with seven rebounds and three steals.
Also having a big night for the Beacons as they ended a three-game losing streak was Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.), who dropped in 21 points. From the field, Boyd finished 9-for-14 and had a pair of treys. Boyd also dished out a season-high six assists and had four steals to lead UMB's defensive effort.
The first half was a close affair between the two rivals, and but was marred by a combined 31 turnovers. UMass Boston did post a late surge to head into the halftime break with a 40-29 lead, which was capped-off by a Sanchez lay-up in the closing seconds.
After the break, UMB maintained their solid lead throughout the half. Sanchez led the Beacons in the second half, with 13 points. Off the bench Dasan Cinelli (Cambridge, Mass.) registered 12 points behind a perfect 4-for-4 showing. The forward was also 2-for-2 from distance and 2-for-4 at the line.
Boyd also had 10 points on 50% shooting from the field, and had four of the team's nine assists.
The Beacons as a team shot an impressive 57.1% (16-28) from the field, and 45.5% (5-11) from behind the arc. UMass Boston dominated the glass as they outrebounded the Panthers 18-6, with seven rebounds coming in the offensive half of the floor.
For the Panthers, Jaylen LeRoy finished with 24 points to lead the team. LeRoy was 8-for-14 from the floor and had two 3-pointers. He was also 6-for-9 at the line, and had five assists and two rebounds.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, UMass Boston has now won four-straight over the Panthers and five of their last six meetings
- Thursday's win marked the Beacons 30th all-time against the Panthers
- UMass Boston shot a season-high 60.4% from the field (32-53)
- Sanchez's 20+ point performance marked the second of the season for the guard, and was the third straight game with 10 or more points
- Boyd has now recorded four straight games with 10 or more points, which includes two 20+ point showings; His 21 points matched his season-high
- Javaris Hill (Lynn, Mass.) posted a near double-double with a combined 10 points and nine rebounds
- Cinelli finished with 12 points, while Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) recorded 13 points
The Beacons will host Rhode Island College on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.