Jan. 5, 2010
DUDLEY, MA - Led by 25 points each from sophomore forward Pete Atkins (Gainesville, FL) and senior guard Chris Paquin (Barre, MA), the Nichols College men's basketball team defeated visiting University of Massachusetts Boston, 83-72, Tuesday evening. The Bison, who have won five of their last six games, improve to 7-3 overall. The Beacons dip to 3-8 on the season.
Paquin, who also had six rebounds and a team-high five assists, inched closer to the 1,000-point mark. He now stands 44 points shy of the milestone. Atkins pulled down seven boards and blocked a pair of shots. Joining the duo in double-digit scoring was senior guard Bryan Riley (West Boylston, MA), who chipped in with 14 points and four assists.
Newcomer Jason White (Dorchester, MA) took over for the Beacons' offense, pouring in 26 points off the bench to go with a game-high five steals in his UMass Boston debut. Junior guard Mo Johnson (Portland, OR) added 10 points, while junior forward Pat Joseph (Queens, NY) pulled down 10 boards.
After the third tie of the game, a Joseph jumper put the Beacons up, 13-11, and the visitors held on to the lead until late in the half, advancing by as many as six on a pair of free throws from sophomore guard Justin Favors (Marbleton, GA) with just over eight minutes remaining in the half.
Nichols took its first lead of the game with 3:25 left in the opening frame on a Kyle Mascilak (Sparta, NJ) layup, but it was short-lived as another jumper from Joseph sent the game to its sixth tie at 30-30. A second-chance put-back by first year guard Justin Kuntz (Wallingford, CT) gave Nichols a 33-32 halftime edge.
The Bison came out firing in the second half and went on a 17-3 spree in the opening six minutes to place a commanding hold on the game. Nichols maintained its double-digit lead throughout, thanks in part to a 7-for-20 display at the free-throw line by the Beacons in the frame.
Nichols finished the night firing 50.8% from the field to UMass Boston's 40.0%. The Beacons created 16 points off of the Bison's 23 turnovers in the game, while Nichols found 14 in UMass's 17 errors.
The Bison start conference play Saturday in a 3 p.m. The Commonwealth Coast Conference game at Roger Williams. UMass Boston hosts Tufts University Thursday at 7 p.m.