BOSTON, Mass. – A team-high 20 points by Seth Thomas led the conference leading Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University to a 79-54 win over men's basketball Wednesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 54, Eastern Connecticut State University 79
UMass Boston (10-10, 5-7 Little East Conference)
Eastern Connecticut State (16-4, 10-1 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Warriors controlled all aspects of Wednesday's contest as they look to claim their seventh Little East regular season title. Thomas' night consisted of 9-for-16 showing from the field, which included one 3-pointer. He also grabbed 10 rebounds to finish with game's only double-double.
Alex Sanchez (Salem, Mass.) was the lone Beacon to finish in double-figures as the junior guard accounted for 21 of the Beacons 54 points. The Salem native finished 8-for-15 from the field, with a pair of long range baskets. He was also 3-for-5 at the charity stripe.
Thomas did a majority of his work in the first half, as the Warriors held a comfortable lead over the Beacons throughout the final 13 minutes. The forward recorded 14 points in the opening half on 7-of-9 shooting and have five boards to help the Warriors to a 39-26 halftime advantage.
The second half was a mirror image of the first, with the Warriors controlling all facets of the conference match-up. Donny Craig scored all 10 of his points off the bench to close out the victory, as the Warriors shot 48.5% from the field as a team. On the night, ECSU shot over 51% from the field and over 42% from behind the arc.
Javaris Hill (Lynn, Mass.) had a solid night as the freshman finished with nine points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Despite the loss the Beacons still control their own destiny as they sit sixth in the conference standings with only two more weeks left in the regular season
- ECSU led the way on the glass with a 41-30 advantage on the night
- UMB shot 39.6% from the field and managed to shoot just 17% from distance
- The Warriors earned their 57th win over the Beacons with Wednesday's victory
The Beacons will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Saturday for a 3 p.m. conference game.