Nov. 25, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. - With five different players recording double-figures, two of which posted double-doubles, the Wildcats of Wheelock College (1-3) defeated men's basketball (0-3) by the final score of 73-59 Friday evening in the first round of the 27th Annual UMass Boston Harbor Invitational.
With the loss the Beacons will face the Rams of Framingham State University in the consolation game tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. Wheelock will face Trinity College (Conn.) in the championship game at 3 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center.
Fueling the Wildcats victory was 6'9" center Eric Rice, who recorded a game-high 19 points, as well as tallying 10 boards, four steals, one block and one assist. Bashir Hudson also notched a double-double as the junior guard combined for 11 points and 11 rebounds. Max Kaim and Kyle Pierce combined for 29 points respectively, while Elliot Hernandez came off the bench to score 10 points.
UMass Boston saw freshman Cody Edmond (Plaquemine, La.) put-up a team-high 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting. The 6'4" forward also recorded seven boards and had one assist and one steal. Senior Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy) continued his strong play with six points and eight boards. Big-man Brian Clarke (Miramar, Fl.) totaled seven boards to help the Beacons to a +10 advantage on the glass (50-40).
As a team, the Wildcats shot over 41%, which included a 42.9% performance in the first half, which allowed them to take a 10 point lead into the break. UMass Boston ended the night shooting 35.3% from the field (24-for-68). At the line, the Beacons were 7-for-8, all of which came in the second half.
Looking to build some early momentum, the Beacons came out firing taking six point lead in the first four minutes of the contest. Rob Mascher (Sandy Hook, Conn.) gave UMass Boston their largest lead of the night at 15:42 on a lay-up to make 8-2. Dontreal Thomas (New Orleans, La.) came off the bench to keep the Beacons lead at six with a jumper of his own.
Unfortunately, the early lead would only last until the midway point of the opening half, as the Wildcats offense began to fire on all cylinders. They quickly took control of the contest following a 9-0 run. Wheelock would continue to pound the ball inside, as well as take deep shots from behind the arc to extend their lead to as much as 12.
After the intermission, UMass would get the Wildcats lead down to five, following a lay-up from Edmond, but that quick offensive spark was short lived, as the Wildcats clawed their back to a comfortable double-figure lead. For most of the half, Wheelock could not miss, scoring from anywhere and everywhere.
With less than three minutes to play, the Beacons turned to their bench for a late push, which they got from freshman Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.). In those final minutes, Joseph picked-up two blocks, an assist, two boards, and five points.
Men's basketball will look to bounce back tomorrow when they face Framingham State at 1 p.m.