GORHAM, Maine – A game-winning jumper followed by a made free throw from Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) lifted men's basketball to a 97-94 overtime win over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium in a Little East Conference contest.
UMass Boston 97, U. of Southern Maine 94
UMass Boston (10-10, 5-7 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine (4-15, 2-9 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Boyd's final three points capped-off a 10-point overtime period for the Beacons, as they earned the crucial come-from-behind victory. Trailing by as much as eight points with just over five minutes to play, the Beacons rallied late in the second half to force the overtime.
Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) would make a pair of free throws to tie the game at 87-78 with 12 seconds left in regulation. On their final possession, the Huskies tried for the game-winner, but a Christian McCue 3-pointer missed it's mark as Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) grabbed the rebound as time expired.
The Beacons would outscore the Huskies 4-1 over the first two minutes 10 seconds to take an early 92-88 advantage. After a Cinelli lay-up made it 94-91, the Huskies countered with a 3-pointer from Keenan Hendricks to tie the game at 94-all.
On their next possession, Boyd would score the crucial field goal to make it 96-94 with just 46 ticks left on the scoreboard. The Huskies failed to convert on their next attempt but did get the ball back. However, a great defensive play by Alex Sanchez (Salem, Mass.) gave UMB the ball with 17 seconds left. USM immediately fouled sending Boyd to the line for a pair of crucial free throw attempts.
After making the first, the sophomore missed his second attempt. The Huskies grabbed the rebound setting up another last chance shot. With five seconds left, Bailey Van Hout went for the game-tying three, but just like the second half, his shot would miss the mark giving the Beacons the conference win.
Boyd's day consisted of a 7-for-13 showing from the field, and a solid 6-for-6 outing at the line for 20 points. Mitchell led the Beacons with 21 points, as the sophomore went an impressive 10-for-10 at the line, which was a season-best. He was also 4-for-8 from the field and 3-for-4 from distance. Brother Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) finished with 16 points to help carry the Beacons to the crucial conference win.
Javaris Hill (Lynn, Mass.) recorded the team's lone double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Cinelli dropped in 10 points to go along with five rebounds.
Jayson Pitts-Young led all scorers with 32 points as he went 9-for-13 from the field, and 13-for-15 at the line. McCue finished with 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting, which included three 3-pointers, and six free throws.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the day, the Beacons shot 41.9% (31-74) from the field and 40% (8-20) from distance
- At the line the Beacons finished with a season-high 81.8% (27-33)
- The Beacons held a 42-32 advantage on the glass
- With the win UMass Boston has now won five straight over the Huskies dating back to the 2017 season
- Mitchell's 10 made free throws was a career-high
The Beacons will travel to Plymouth State University on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. conference game.