Nov. 26, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – Senior guard Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy) had quite the day, as he scored a career-best 33 points to lead men’s basketball (1-3) to their first win of the season, a 74-70 win over Framingham State University (3-4) in the consolation game of the 27th Annual UMass Boston Harbor Invitational, Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center.
For Jenkins his game-changing performance, which earned him a spot on the Harbor Invitational All-Tournament team, was the result of 12-of-18 shooting from the field, which included two 3-pointers, and 7-of-9 shooting at the charity strip. The 6’2” guard, was also solid on the glass pulling down 10 boards, seven of which on the offensive side of the ball. He finished off the afternoon with two assists and three steals in a team-leading 38 minutes of playing time.
Along with Jenkins, three other Beacons recorded 10 points in Saturday’s win. From the starting five Cody Edmond (Plaquemine, La.) and Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fl.) were each 3-of-10 from the floor. DeLucia knocked down one 3-pointer and was 3-for-4 at the line. Edmond was 4-fo-5 at the line and also managed six boards. Off the bench Dontreal Thomas (New Orleans, La.) recorded his 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Framingham State was led by All-Tournament selection Tyrone Figueroa who had 15 points in the game. Marcus McLaurin posted 17 points, and Allen St. Surin had 13, followed by Adeyemi Ajoa who had 12 points.
As a team, the Beacons dominated the glass on both sides of the court as they out rebounded their opponents 40-29. They were also very consistent from the field shooting 44.1% as a unit (26-for-59). Defensively, the Beacons held Framingham St. to 37.5% from the floor and 2-of-16 from behind the arc.
With 2:40 left on the clock, Framingham jumped out to a 70-68 lead following a jumper from Robert Jones. Seconds later, DeLucia tied the game for the 12th time on his jumper to make 70 all. On Framingham’s next possession, they would go for the three, but would come up short. Jenkins picked-up the defensive board, but a turnover by UMass would give the Rams the ball back with 1:43 left in the game.
On that very next possession, the Rams would drive to the hole, but would miss the lay-up, with Brian Clarke (Miramar, Fl.) pulling down the defensive rebound for UMass Boston. Clarke would then move up the court and try for a lay-up of his own that just missed. Luckily, Jenkins was there to earn the offensive board, and score the put-back to make it 72-70 with 57 seconds left on the clock.
Framingham’s next possession would be stopped by an offensive foul with just 46 seconds on the clock. UMass Boston would lose the ball with just 11 seconds left on a shot clock violation, giving the Rams one last shot at either the tie or the win.
The Rams inbounded the ball and moved up the court quickly, where McLaurin pulled up to shoot what could have been the game-winning 3-pointer. McLaurin’s shot would hit the front of the rim and land in the hands of Clarke, who then threw it down court to Yusuke Fukata (Osaka, Japan) who scored the uncontested lay-up securing the Beacons win.
Combined Saturday’s game saw a total of 12 lead changes, on top of the score being tied 12 times as well. UMass Boston controlled a majority of the first half, and despite a late push by the Rams, went into the locker room with a three point lead (39-36).
After the break, was when things got interesting, with both teams exchanging control of the scoreboard. The largest lead of the half would belong to Framingham State as they made it a six point game with 10:48 left (57-51).
UMass Boston would pull out the late rally behind Jenkins, who in the final 20 minutes of play accounted for 17 of the team’s 35 points.
In the championship game, Trinity College (Conn.) defeated Wheelock College by the final score of 64-47 to take their second consecutive tournament title. Also being named to the All-Tournament team were Bashir Hudson and Kyle Pierce from Wheelock, and Eric Dean from Trinity. Varun Ram of Trinity was named the tournament MVP and the John “Bill” Shay Award recipient for his on-court play and sportsmanship.
Men’s basketball returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Suffolk University for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.