Nov. 27, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Junior guard Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy) scored 23 points and hauled in five rebounds to help the University of Massachusetts Boston men's basketball team defeat Nichols College, 70-57, in the consolation game of the 26th Annual UMass Boston Harbor Invitational this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the decision, the Beacons improve their record to 3-1for the program's best start since the 2005-06 season, while the Bison fall to 1-5.
The contest was tight through the first 13 minutes of action with neither team able to open up more than a four-point advantage. A layup by Jenkins gave UMass Boston a 15-11 lead at 8:43, which was the largest margin of the game for either team to that point. The Beacons extended their advantage to 19-13 on a bucket by sophomore guard Jason White (Roxbury, MA) with 7:06 to play in the half, but Nichols quickly answered back cutting the deficit to one, 19-18, in just over a minute. The Bison's ensuing 10-2 run capped on a free throw by sophomore guard Steve Galgano (Ansonia, CT), gave the visitors a 23-21 advantage with 3:44 to play in the first stanza. UMass Boston fought back and opened up a small lead, 30-26, going into halftime with a pair of steals leading to fast-break baskets including a dunk by senior forward Pat Joseph (Queens, NY), who finished the game with 18 points, nine rebounds and four steals.
UMass Boston's lead grew to seven in the first two minutes of the second half, and the Beacons quickly extended it to 10 at 39-29, with 15:58 to play. The Bison kept within striking distance for the majority of the half until the Beacons rattled off five consecutive points on a 3-pointer by freshman guard M.J. Bentley (Orlando, FL) and a jumper by Joseph to make the score 60-49 with 3:17 remaining. Nichols College did not go down quietly as freshman forward Ryan Sheehan (North Attleboro, MA) nailed a 3-pointer at 1:44 to cut the lead to 64-56 but UMass Boston finished strong on a 6-1 run to seal the 70-57 victory.
The Beacons owned a 38-27 rebounding differential and were almost perfect from the charity stripe, connecting on 12-13 attempts on the afternoon.
Bentley was the third UMass Boston player in double figures with 11 points and added four steals, while freshman forward Dontreal Thomas (White Castle, LA) pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
For Nichols, Sheehan led the way offensively with 16 points while shooting 80.0% from downtown (4-5). Sophomore guard Justin Kuntz (Wallingford, CT) chipped in with a 13 point effort of the bench while sophomore forward Kyle Mazcilak (Sparta, NJ) registered 11 points and four rebounds in the effort.
The Beacons are back in action Thursday, December 2 when they host Suffolk University at 7:30 p.m., while the Bison travel to Fitchburg State University on Tuesday, November 30 for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
26th Annual Harbor Invitational All-Tournament Team:
So. F Kyle Mascilak – Nichols College (11.5 ppg., 3.0 rpg., 8-9 FT)
Sr. F Pat Joseph – UMass Boston (19.0 ppg., 10.5 rpg., 17-21 FG, 2.5 spg., 2.0 apg.)
Fr. G Leonardo Medina – Framingham State (14.5 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 11-11 FT, 3.5 apg.)
Sr. G Royce Veal – Framingham State (14.0 ppg., 3.5 rpg., 2.0 apg., 1.5 apg.)
So. G Cameron Sutton – Trinity College (8.5 ppg., 3.0 rpg., 2.5 apg., 1.5 spg.)
Jr. C Chris Applegate – Trinity College (9.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg., 9-11 FG, 1.5 spg., 1.0 bpg)
John “Bill” Shay Award for exemplary sportsmanship and competition:
Sr. F Pat Joseph – UMass Boston
UMass Boston Assistant Athletic Director Cheryl Aaron with Pat Joseph