Feb. 21, 2009
KEENE, NH -- Senior Tyler Kathan (Ludlow, VT) posted a double-double with a game-high 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Keene State College men's basketball team over visiting University of Massachusetts Boston, 82-58, today in a Little East Conference contest at Spaulding Gymnasium in Keene, NH. The Beacons fall to 4-21 overall and 2-12 in their regular-season finale, while the Owls improve to 11-13 and 7-7.
UMB will be the seventh seed in the Little East Conference tournament and will travel to second-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, MA on Tuesday, February 24, while number four seed KSC will host Eastern Connecticut State University on the same night at 7:30 p.m.
Sophomore forward Pat Joseph (Queens, NY) made a lay-up with 18:49 left in the opening half to give UMass Boston a 4-3 edge, but it would be the last lead of the day for the visitors as Keene State responded with a 24-6 run, fueled by five points from Kathan and classmate Nate Anderson (Westminster, MA), to take a 27-10 lead with 7:57 to go in the first half. Freshman forward Cody Snow (Leyden, MA) later converted a pair of free throws to give the Owls their largest lead of the half at 36-16 with 4:24 showing in the first session, before the Beacons closed out the half with an 8-3 burst to cut the deficit to 39-24 going into the intermission.
Keene State outscored UMass Boston, 15-5 over the first seven and a half minutes of the second half, behind nine points from Kathan, to take a 54-29 advantage with 12:35 remaining in the contest. The Beacons later cut the deficit to 60-41 with 9:09 to go in the contest, following a three-point play completed with a free throw from senior point guard A.J. Titus (Roxbury, MA), but it would be as close as they would get for the rest of the game.
The Owls later took their largest lead of the afternoon when sophomore forward Cameron Fisk (Keene, NH) canned a three-pointer with 2:07 showing on the second half clock for an 80-52 lead.
Keene State shot 50% (31-62 for the game, while holding UMass Boston to 34.4% (21-61). The Owls also dominated the glass with a 45-29 rebound advantage and finished one short of the school record with eight blocked shots, which all came in the first half. Kathan was 9-14 from the floor and added four assists and a steal, while freshman swingman Derek D'Amours (Agawam, MA) scored 15 points to go with six rebounds a steal and a game-high six assists. Snow finished with 12 points, five boards, an assist, a steal and three blocks, while Anderson chipped in with 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
Titus led the Beacons with a career-high matching 21 points in addition to four assists, which gives him 359 for his career to move into second on the school's career assist list and also came up with a pair of steals. Joseph ended the afternoon with 18 points and nine rebounds to go with three steals.