Nov. 28, 2008
BOSTON, MA - Junior forward Terrell Maddox (Boston, MA/Mission Hill) scored a game-high 17 points as one of five players to net double-figures for the University of Massachusetts Boston men's basketball team in an 82-59 victory over visiting Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the first round of the 24th Annual Harbor Invitational tonight at the Clark Athletic Center on the UMass Boston campus. The Beacons improve to 1-1 on the season, while the Trailblazers fall to 0-4. UMass Boston will meet Williams College, 80-69 winners over Framingham State College, in the championship game to be held tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. and MCLA will take on Framingham State in the 1:00 p.m. consolation contest.
The Beacons never trailed in the game and held a 7-6 edge with 17:08 to play in the first half, before going on an 18-4 run, fueled by six points from sophomore forward Pat Joseph (Queens, NY), to take a 25-10 advantage with 8:49 showing on the first half clock. The Trailblazers came back with a 12-3 burst, paced by five points from sophomore guard Jeff Spraque (North Adams, MA), to cut the deficit to 28-22 with 4:13 left in the first session, but UMass Boston regrouped to close out the half with a 14-6 run to take a 42-28 lead at halftime.
Junior guard Mike Perreault (Whitinsville, MA) canned a three-pointer with 14:44 remaining in the contest to pull MCLA to within 49-39, but that would be as close as it would get for the rest of the night. The Beacons put together an 11-2 stretch, capped by a three-pointer from freshman guard Chris Milton (Milton, MA) to take a 60-41 advantage with 9:54 to go in the game and maintained the margin for the remainder of play.
Maddox was 8-12 from the floor, while adding three assists, a rebound and a block in 26 minutes of action. Joseph netted 14 points on 7-11 from the field, grabbed seven boards, dished for three assists and blocked a shot, while junior guard Aaron Jones (Boston, MA/Catholic Memorial) dropped in 12 points to go with six rebounds, five assists and a steal. Sophomore guard Anthony Brewster (Boston, MA/John D' O'Bryant) contributed with 11 points on 4-5 from the floor, including 2-2 from three-point range and pulled down two rebounds, while Milton finished with 11 points, on 3-4 from three-point territory, and two steals in just nine minutes of action.
Sprague ended the evening with 14 points to lead the Trailblazers and added four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block, while sophomore center Jon Greenberg (Antwerp, Belgium) nearly posted a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds in addition to a pair of steals. Freshman forward Chris Harris (Boston, MA/John D' O'Bryant) chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds and two steals.