BOSTON, Mass. – A Chancie Williams 3-pointer with 46 seconds left in overtime proved to be the deciding basket as the Gators of Pine Manor College edged out men's basketball by the final of 88-87 Wednesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium in the final non-conference game of the 2016-17 season for the Beacons.
UMass Boston 87, Pine Manor College 87 (OT)
UMass Boston (10-10)
Pine Manor College (14-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Trailing by as much as eight points with 2:43 left to play in regulation, freshman guard Ty Lee (Boston, Mass.) almost single handedly forced the overtime period. The Boston native accounted eight of the Beacons final 10 points during that stretch, and also scored back-to-back lay-ups in the final 23 seconds to even the score at 79-79.
The Beacons nearly had a buzzer beater opportunity, as senior Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.) forced a Pine Manor turnover with one second left on the clock. The Beacons were able to inbound the ball, but could not get off the shot as the final horn sounded.
In the overtime, neither team really built any substantial momentum early-on, as the two teams each recorded a pair of free throws through first two minutes of the extra frame. The Beacons would take their first lead of OT on an Alex Sanchez (Salem, Mass.) free throw. The freshman would then make it a three point affair (84-81) after going 2-for-2 at the charity stripe.
Curtis Hyman cut the deficit back to one on two free throws of his, but a Powers free throw made it a two-point game with 1:19 to play. On Pine Manor's next possession, they would draw a foul that would result in a pair of made free throws by Rasheed Bell to tie the score at 85-85.
Sanchez would put UMass out in front one last time on a lay-up with 54 seconds left, but was quickly countered by Williams 3-pointer on the very next possession. UMass would have two more chance to regain the lead, but fell just short on both as Pine Manor earned the victory.
Lee's huge performance saw the freshman record 24 points and 10 rebounds. From the field he went 11-for-21 and 2-for-3 at the line. Of his 24 points 16 came in the second half, 12 of which were recorded over the final three minutes, 19 seconds.
Sam Freeman (Boston, Mass.) dropped in 21 points and had a pair of blocked shots for the Beacons. For the Gators all five members of their starting line-up finished with 12 or more points, with Hyman scoring a team-best 21. Erick Rosario stole the show for PMC as he produced a triple-double with 12 points, 13 assists, and 11 steals.
Bell posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Wednesday's meeting marked just the third between the Beacons and Pine Manor College
- Powers finished off the game with 11 rebounds and also had five points, five assists and four steals
- On the night the Beacons shot 43.3% from the field (29-67), while PMC finished shooting 39.7% (31-78)
- From the free throw line, UMass Boston was 27-38 (71.1%) and PMC was 16-25 (64.0%)
- The Beacons held a 48-45 advantage on the glass
- Ellis Reid led the Gators with five of the team's eight blocked shots
The Beacons will travel to Rhode Island College on Saturday for a 3 p.m. conference game.