Men's Basketball Closes Out Regular Season With 80-64 Win Over RIC

Men's Basketball Closes Out Regular Season With 80-64 Win Over RIC

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Freshman Javaris Hill (Lynn, Mass.) went off for 25 points and 12 rebounds, to lead UMass Boston men's basketball to an 80-64 win over host Rhode Island College in the final game of the 2018-19 regular-season. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 80, Rhode Island 64

UMB (13-11, 8-8 LEC)

RIC (13-12, 6-10 LEC) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Hill was nearly unstoppable in the contest, as he went 12-15 from the field and tacked on two assists and two blocks. 

UMass Boston junior guard Alex Sanchez (Salem, Mass.) tallied 17 points and three steals. Sophomore guard Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) was also in double figures with 12 points and seven boards in the win.

Rhode Island College senior Justin Campbell paced the way for the hosts with 23 points and 10 rebounds on Senior Day.

RIC freshman guard Deyshawn Tengbeh added 11 points, three assists and two steals, while junior forward Benjamin Vezele notched eight points, nine boards and five blocks in the loss.

The first half was a back and forth affair with UMass Boston taking a one-point lead, 17-16, on a layup by freshman forward Malik Lorquet (Sharon, Mass.) with 9:40 left. A 6-0 run, keyed by two layups by Hill staked the visitors to a 23-16 lead with 7:50 remaining in the stanza. 

A three-pointer by sophomore guard Mike Valelli and a layup by Vezele brought the hosts within a pair, 23-21, but UMass Boston erupted on an 10-0 run, which was capped by a layup and ensuing foul shot by Sanchez, to lead, 31-21, with just over five minutes left in the opening half.

The Anchormen went into halftime down by seven, 37-30. Hill and Sanchez paced the UMB offense with 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the first half.

A nice run by the hosts brought the Anchormen within three points, 40-37, with 17:20 left in the game. Campbell had four points and freshman guard Tamar Williams canned a three as part of the comeback bid.

The Beacons responded with an 11-3 outburst to build a 51-40 advantage with 14:04 left. Sophomore guard Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) had a trey and a layup over that stretch.

UMass Boston led by as many as 19 points several times late in the contest, before pulling away down the stretch to take the 80-64 victory.

BY THE NUMBERS 

• UMass Boston shot 56 percent (35-for-63) from the field, 38 percent (6-for-16) from the three-point line and 50 percent (4-for-8) from the free throw line.

• The Anchormen shot 31 percent (22-for-71) from the field, 33 percent (8-for-24) from three-point range and 67 percent (12-for-18) from the free throw line.

• UMass Boston earned the season-sweep of the Anchormen with the victory. Head coach Jason Harris has now led the Beacons to eight-straight wins over his alma mater. 

• UMass Boston outrebounded RIC, 46-37, in the contest and earned a 50-24 edge in points in the paint. 

• Hill's double-double marked the third double-double of his freshman season. He has averaged 17.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in the month of February. 

WHO'S NEXT 

#5 UMass Boston will travel to take on #4 Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday night for the Little East Conference Quarterfinals. The Beacons are 1-4 all-time in LEC postseason play against the Colonials, with the last meeting coming in 2007.