BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Charles Mitchell's (Boston, Mass.) season-high 26 points men's basketball opened Little East Conference play with a convincing win as they defeated the University of Southern Maine by the final of 67-42 Wednesday evening at Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 67, U. of Southern Maine 42
UMass Boston (5-1, 1-0 Little East Conference)
U. of Southern Maine (4-4, 0-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
From the opening tip the Beacons dominated the pace of play, as they jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first ten minutes. A Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) lay-up put UMB up by 18 points (22-4), as the Beacons could not miss from the field. Mitchell was red-hot throughout the opening half, as he recorded 17 of his 26 points on 6-of-13 shooting, which included five 3-pointers.
Cinelli also finished in double-figures with 11 points, while Malik Lorquet (Sharon, Mass.) grabbed six boards.
The Beacons would ride the offensive wave as they heading into the halftime break with a 40-21 lead. They would then carry that momentum, into the second half as they held the Huskies to just 32% shooting from the field.
They also limited the chances for USM's top shooter in Jacobe Thomas, who entered the game averaging over 24 points per game. Thomas ended the night with just six points, his lowest since transferring to Southern Maine from Northwest Kansas Technical College.
Mitchell was one again the leading scorer for UMass in the second half, with his final nine points, with four of those coming from distance. Lorquet capped-off his 12 rebound night with six boards and four points in 13 minutes of playing time.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons have now won six-straight over the Huskies dating back to February 8, 2017
- Wednesday's win marked the biggest margin of victory (25 points) for the Beacons over USM since their first meeting back on November 26, 1982 when they earned a 98-55 win in Boston
- Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) now sits 210 points away from his 1,000th as a Beacon
- Wednesday's contest marked the collegiate debut for Wenston Rodriguez (Watertown, Mass.), who also scored his first collegiate basket
- Yancy St. Germain (Cambridge, Mass.) also recorded his first field goal of the season in the win
The Beacons will travel to Keene State College on Saturday for a 3 p.m. conference game.