GORHAM, Maine – Despite shooting just 39% from the field, men's basketball managed to pick-up their third straight Little East Conference win as the Beacons earned a 58-53 win over the University of Southern Maine, Wednesday evening at Hill Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 58, University of Southern Maine 53
UMass Boston (14-10, 8-5 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine ( 5-19, 3-10 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
A late first half run before the break would give men's basketball all the momentum they would need as they held a single digit lead throughout the final 20 minutes.
Michael Boyd led the Beacons with a game-high 19 points, after going 7-for-21 with one 3-pointer. Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) finished second on the team as he registered 12 points. Dasan Cinelli played the most consistent game for the Beacons, as the sophomore posted nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocked shots.
For the Huskies Christian McCue was the lone player to finish in double-digits as he dropped in 13 points.
From start to finish both teams struggled offensively as UMB went 23-for-59, while the host Huskies finished 18-53 (34%) from the floor. Neither team shot over 22% from behind the arc. The two teams were at-least consistent at the line, with the Beacons shooting 64%, while the Huskies shot 76%.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Beacons earned their first regular season sweep of the Huskies since the 2009-10 season
- The Beacons have now won three straight games over the Huskies, by a combined 11 points
- UMB held a 40-34 advantage on the glass
- With the win, the Beacons are now tied for third in the conference standings, with a win on Saturday over Western Connecticut, UMB will earn their best regular season finish in the Jason Harris era
The Beacons will close out their regular season schedule against WCSU on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Clark Gymnasium. Prior to the start of the game, the Beacons will honor their four senior members.