Dec. 9, 2008
WORCESTER, MA --- Jeffrey Robinson (Granby, CT) scored 18 points off the bench to lead nationally ranked WPI to an 84-52 win over visiting University of Massachusetts Boston in non-conference men's basketball action Tuesday night at Harrington Auditorium. The Engineers improve to 8-1, while UMass Boston slips to 2-5.
WPI, ranked 19th in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25, used a smothering defense to hold UMass Boston to only 18 points in the first half on 7-for-23 shooting (30.4%), as the Engineers took a commanding 30 point lead into the break. WPI was dominant inside, posting a 54-20 advantage in the paint and out-rebounding the Beacons by a 40-27 margin. The contest was even at 6-6 four minutes into the game before the Crimson and Gray went on a 28-2 run and never had their lead shrink below 20 the rest of the way.
Robinson's 18 points in 19 minutes spearheaded an extremely efficient WPI attack. The Boynton Hillers received contributions from the entire roster, as nine Engineers registered double-digit minutes and 14 different players dented the scoring column. The Engineers' bench dropped in 32 points in the first-half alone. Jerome Stewart (Bloomfield, CT) added eight points and five rebounds for WPI, while Jerome Kirkland (Boston, MA), Ben Etten (Hollis, NH) and Fernando Perez (Lowell, MA) chipped in with seven apiece.
The Engineers also had their transition offense in full swing, outscoring the Beacons 20-4 on the fast break. WPI scored 25 points off 23 Beacon turnovers, and shot an impressive 52.9% from the floor.
UMass Boston was led by senior forward Roy Brown Jr. (Mattapan, MA) who scored a season-high 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting (75%) in a losing effort. Junior guard Aaron Jones (Boston, MA/Catholic Memorial) added nine for the Beacons.
WPI concludes a brief two-game homestand on Sunday when they take on No. 16 Elms in a battle of nationally ranked teams. Tip-off is scheduled for 1pm. UMass Boston returns to the hardwood on Thursday at 7pm when they entertain regional power Salem State.
Material from WPI Sports Information was used in this report.