CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Led by a game-high 22 points from Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) men's basketball earned their second straight win in a 24-hour span as the Beacons downed cross-city rival MIT by the final of 71-64 Friday evening at the Rockwell Cage.
UMass Boston 71, MIT 64
UMass Boston (2-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Mitchell's night consisted of an 8-for-15 showing from the floor, and four 3-pointers, as well going 2-for-2 at the line. Mitchell and the rest of the Beacons starting-five accounted for every UMass Boston point in the non-conference victory. Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) finished second on the team with 14 points, while Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) and Malik Lorquet (Sharon, Mass.) each dropped in 13 points. Lorquet also picked-up his first double-double of the campaign as he grabbed 13 board, six of which were on the offensive glass. Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) rounded out the scoring for the Beacons starters as he dropped in nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.
The Beacons were solid all night from the field as they shot 45.3% (24-53) and 50.0% (7-14) from behind the arc. They were also consistent at the charity strip with a 16-for-21 showing (76.2%).
Other than the opening minutes of the contest, UMass Boston led on the scoreboard and controlled the momentum in Friday's meeting with the Engineers. The last time that MIT led on the scoreboard was around the midway point following a lay-up from Christien Williams.
Boyd would respond to that lay-up with a 3-pointer to make it a two-point affair at the time. MIT would tie the game at 12-all on their next possession, but the Beacons would us a 9-0 run to take a 21-12 lead. The Beacons would continue to pour it on from all over the floor as they kept a sizable lead heading into the halftime break.
In the second half, MIT made things interesting as they tied the Beacons for only the second time of the night thanks to an Alex Cho lay-up. UMB would whether the storm, and maintained at-least a one-possession lead over MIT for the final nine minutes of regulation. They would use another strong offensive surge to take an eight point lead with less than two minutes to play, which all but sealed the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Friday's win marked the first for the Beacons over MIT since December 2, 2014, when they earned a 59-52 win in Cambridge against a nationally-ranked Engineer squad
- The Beacons all-time are 4-9 against MIT, with Friday's win marking the first for head coach Jason Harris over the cross-city rivals
- MIT held a 38-35 advantage on the glass with 22 rebounds coming on the offensive side of the hardwood
- The Beacons forced 15 MIT turnovers and had seven steals
- MIT dominated the paint with a 46-16 advantage over the Beacons and a 27-0 advantage in points off the bench
The Beacons will travel to Bridgewater State University next Wednesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.