BOSTON, Mass. – A Jauch Green lay-up with 12 seconds remaining in the second half proved to be the deciding basket as Western Connecticut State University went on to defeat men's basketball by the final of 79-77 Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference contest at Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 77, Western Connecticut State University 79
UMass Boston (10-7, 3-4 Little East Conference)
Western Connecticut State U. (11-5, 3-4 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a Careem Kirksey (Dorchester, Mass.) 3-pointer and made free throw gave the Beacons a one-point lead (77-76), Green managed to get past a pair of UMB players to score the game-winning field goal. Tre'Von Perry sealed the win with a free throw of his own with three seconds left to make it a two point affair.
On the Beacons final attempt to the win the game, the Colonials were able to contain any chance of a buzzer beater to sneak out of the Clark Gymnasium with the win.
Green led the Colonials with a team-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, and a 5-of-7 showing at the line. Perry, who had a strong first half for WCSU ended the win with 17 points, seven rebounds, and five blocked shots.
The Beacons saw their starting five all finishing in double-figures, with Sam Freeman (Boston, Mass.) leading the way with 20 points. He also had 13 rebounds to post one of the Beacons two double-doubles. Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.) owned the other double-double as the senior finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Iser Barnes finished with 13 points in the tough loss and had three of the team's 14 assists.
Despite shot 45.3% from the field, the Beacons free throw shooting struggled throughout the afternoon, and proved costly down the stretch. On the day, UMass shot a mere 60% (15-25) from the charity stripe. The Beacons entered the game as the top free throw shooting team in the Little East shooting just over 73% on the year.
Helping to keep the Colonials in the game was their ability to force turnovers and turn them into points. They totaled 27 points on 21 Beacons turnovers, which was the most TO's for UMB since their loss at Keene State College (23) on December 10.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston held a 51-36 advantage on the glass
- Off the bench Dasan Cinelli finished with nine points and eight rebounds
- The Colonials combined for eight blocked shots and 13 steals
- With the loss the two teams split the regular season series for the first time since the 2014-15 season
- The Colonials bench contributed 35 of the team's 79 points, while the Beacons bench finished with nine
- In total there were 13 lead changes, and the score was tied a total of 12 times
The Beacons will host UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.