KEENE, N.H. – A 5-1 run to open up the overtime period gave the host Owls of Keene State College the edge they needed as they handed men's basketball a 50-46 Little East Conference overtime loss Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 46, Keene State College 50 (OT)
UMass Boston (5-2, 1-1 Little East Conference)
Keene State College (3-5, 2-0 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Following a huge and-1 play from Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.) to force the extra frame, the host Owls received a pair of baskets from Nyzair Rountree to take an early 47-44 lead. Ben Olson would then make it a two-possesion game on a made free throw with less than two minutes to play.
The Beacons' only points came at the free throw line with Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) scoring one, while Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) finished with a pair. Nick Redden closed out the win for the Owls with a pair of made free throws to give Keene State the 50-46 victory.
In regulation, Cinelli's overtime forcing play came with less than third seconds to play. The junior forward scored a crucial lay-up to bring the Beacons within one (43-42). Keene States Miguel Prieto was whistled for the foul on the play.
Needing the make the free throw, Cinelli showed solid composure as he drained the crucial shot to make it 43-43. Still with plenty of time on the clock, the Owls got one last chance to pullout a last second win for the second time this week.
The Owls would turn to Marcus McCarthy for the crucial shot, but the guard would miss the lay-up, as the Beacons big-man Mark Munroe (Quincy, Mass. grabbed the rebound as the buzzer sounded.
Saturday's contest was a back-and-forth affair from the start. UMass Boston held a slim 21-18 advantage to close out the half, with Keene State erasing the deficit in the second half (25-22).
Cinelli led all players with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, which included two 3-pointers. Charlie Mitchell finished second with 12 points, while Charles Mitchell finished with 10 and a game-high nine rebounds.
Nick Redden led Keene State with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the day the Beacons shot 31.3% from the field and 23.5% from 3-point range
- Keene State shot 28.8% from the field and 14.3% from distance
- The Beacons held a 42-39 advantage on the glass
- The two teams combined for 43 turnovers and each had six blocked shots
- Thirty of Keene State's 50 points came from their bench, while 22 of the Beacons' 46 points came in the paint
- All-time Keene State leads the series with the Beacons 44-13
- Keene State has now won nine-straight over the Beacons dating back to January 30, 2016
The Beacons will host Tufts University on Wednesday at 7 p.m.