BOSTON, Mass. – With a 17-4 run midway through the second half the Eagles of Daniel Webster College managed to power past men's basketball on their way to an 88-78 win in the championship game of the 32nd Annual Harbor Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 78, Daniel Webster College 88
UMass Boston (3-1)
Daniel Webster College (3-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Leading by eight with 12:50 left to play in regulation, the Beacons offense, which was solid all afternoon went ice cold. The Eagles took full advantage of UMB's missed opportunities as they clawed their way back to edge the host the Beacons.
Jaquan Harrison was named the Tournament MVP after he finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. For the Beacons they saw a huge performance from senior Iser Barnes (Boston, Mass.). Off the bench, Barnes finished 13-for-21 with two 3-pointers to score a career-high 29 points. He also grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.
All five members of the Beacons starting line-up finished in double-figures with Alex Sanchez (Salem, Mass.) finishing second on the team with 11 points, followed by the trio of Dan Powers (Westfield, Mass.), Sam Freeman (Boston, Mass.), and Ty Lee (Boston, Mass.).
Daniel Webster also saw Marquise Caudill have a huge game as he finished with the afternoon's only double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds.
In the first 20 minutes of Saturday's championship game, the two teams found themselves even a combined eight times. Daniel Webster did go into the halftime break leading by one (41-40), but that did not last long in the second. UMass came out firing and quickly took control of the scoreboard.
Less than three and half minutes into the second half, the Beacons led the Eagles 55-46 thanks six points from Barnes, and a half opening three pointer by Powers. UMass also saw Lee and Freeman get in on the action in the opening minutes.
The Beacons would maintain control of the contest until the 12:50 mark, when the Eagles offense came roaring back, as they erased the deficit. Just over six minutes later, Daniel Webster found themselves leading 67-65 thanks to a basket by Harrison. They would then continue to extend their lead into double-digits.
The closest UMass Boston would come to cutting into Daniel Webster's lead was six points, when Lee put-up in lay-up with 1:55 to play. Unfortunately, the Eagles answered right back as they killed off the final seconds to earn the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston shot 43.2% from the field, while Daniel Webster shot 55.9%
- The Eagles held a 48-28 advantage in rebounds
- Lee led the contest with eight steals and also had a game-high five assists
- Saturday's contest marked the first-ever meeting between UMass Boston and Daniel Webster
- The Beacons have now appeared in five straight Harbor Invitational championship games
The Beacons will travel to MIT on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.