Nov. 27, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore guard Keith Jones (Boston, MA) came off the bench to score a game-high 28 points and lift the Mount Ida College men's basketball team to an 86-60 victory over University of Massachusetts Boston this evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the win, the Mustangs improve to 2-0 on the season while the Beacons fall to 1-3.
With 6:14 remaining in the first half, a layup by freshman guard Michael Mitchell Jr. (Boston, MA) pulled UMass Boston to within 25-20, but it was the closest the Beacons would get for the remainder of the game. The Mustangs closed out the first half on a 15-6 run fueled by 10 points from Jones to head into the locker room with a 40-26 advantage.
Over the first five minutes of the second half, the Mustangs picked things up right where they left off, opening the stanza on a blistering 17-1 run to pull ahead 57-27. Jones also led the way during this spurt, netting 10 more of his 28 points during the action.
For UMass Boston, Mitchell finished the game with a career-high 26 points on 9-16 shooting, to go along with five rebounds, four assists and a steal to pace the Beacons' offensive efforts. Junior forward Pat Joseph (Queens, NY) recorded his first double-double of the 2009-10 campaign, grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with 12 points, three blocks, two steals and an assist.
Senior guard Darren Martinez (Dorchester, MA) was brilliant from the floor for Mount Ida, connecting on 87.5% of his shots from the floor (7-8) including a 1-1 showing from behind the arc for a 21-point outing. Sophomore forward Travis Hillery (Tyngsboro, MA) chipped in with 12 points off the bench to go along with six rebounds in the winning effort.
In the other first round matchup, junior forward David Butler (Orlando, FL) of Embry-Riddle University finished two blocks shy of recording a triple-double to lead ERU over Framingham State, 77-49, in first round action of the 25th Harbor Invitational on the campus of UMass Boston. Embry-Riddle improves to 4-3 overall while the loss drops the Rams down to 1-3 on the year.
Butler came off the bench to pick up 15 rebounds, 14 points and a season-high eight blocked shots to lead a balanced offensive attacked that saw three other players net double figures.
With 8:48 remaining in the first half, the Eagles jumped out to a 15-point cushion on a three-point bucket by junior guard Glenn Dalcourt (Franklin, KY) to make it a 27-12 game. Over the next five minutes, Framingham was able to pull within four points at 29-25 after going on a 13-2 run, capped by a layup from senior guard Chad Dixon (Brockton, MA) with 3:41 left in the frame.
The Eagles answered with a 10-0 run of their own to close out the half fueled by six points from Butler to give Embry-Riddle a 39-25 advantage at the half.
Dixon scored the first bucket of the second half to help Framingham State cut the margin to 39-27, but the 12-point differential was the closest the Rams would get as the Eagles came away with the eventual 77-49 victory.
Dixon finished the contest with 11 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and a steal while senior guard Bill Carey contributed 11 points as well, including his 1,000 career point which came early in the second half on a three-point field goal. Carey now has 1,004 career points.
For Embry-Riddle, sophomore guard Blake Touchard (Los Angeles, CA) led the scoring effort with 16 points while grabbing six boards. Junior forward Brett Rawlings (Chattanooga, TN) contributed a solid 12 points to go along with seven rebounds while senior forward Eric Lorenzi (Gainsville, FL) netted 10 points while pulling down five rebounds in the winning cause.
All four teams will be back in action tomorrow in day two of the Harbor Invitational as Mount Ida will face off against Embry-Riddle University in the championship game at 3:00 p.m. while UMass Boston will host Framingham State in the consolation match-up at 1:00 p.m.