DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A Rachel McCarron jumper with four seconds left on the clock, capped off a 20-3 run over the final minutes as UMass Dartmouth erased a 15 point Beacons lead as the Corsairs handed UMB a 68-66 loss Wednesday evening at the Tripp Center.
UMass Boston 66, UMass Dartmouth 68
UMass Boston (9-15, 5-8 Little East Conference)
UMass Dartmouth (20-4, 10-3 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Trailing 63-48, McCarron sparked the Corsairs improbable run as she drained a 3-pointer to spark the offensive surge. UMass Boston, would score just three free throws during the Corsairs run, but still nearly pulled it out in the end.
After Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) drained a free throw to make it a two-point game with 18 seconds left, the Corsairs called a timeout. On their next possession, the Corsairs would tie the game at 66-66 with a pair of free throws by Nakira Examond.
UMass Boston would get one more chance to take the win with 12 seconds left in regulation and no shot clock. UMD, would force the turnover giving them the last opportunity to win the game before the overtime. Leah Douty would find McCarron for the game-winning jumper which she nailed with four ticks left in regulation.
The Beacons would get the ball in on their final chance to tie it but would fail to get a shot off as time expired.
Until the final five minutes of the fourth quarter, the Beacons were in firm control of Wednesday's contest.
Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) and Mathieu each scored a game-high 17 points, while senior Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.) dropped in 13 points and also had six assists.
McCarron only points on the night would come in the final five minutes, while Alicia Kutil led the team with 22 points. Examond finished second on the team with 17 points in the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Dartmouth outscored the Beacons 24-15 in the fourth quarter, with 20 of those points coming in the last five minutes
- On the night, UMD shot 39.7% from the field, while the Beacons shot 38.6%
- The Beacons held a 44-41 advantage on the glass
- Combined there were 46 turnovers between the two squads
The Beacons will travel to Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday for a 1 p.m. conference game.