Strong second half lifts Beacons past Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Boston opened the second half with a 22-4 run, turning a halftime deadlock into a rout as the Beacons went on to defeat Plymouth State University, 77-60, in a Little East Conference men's basketball game at Foley Gym.
Sophomore Brian Clarke (Miramar, Fla.) led the Beacons with 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench and classmate Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fla.) added 14 points. UMB also got a strong all-around performance from 6'9" junior forward Rahshjeem Benson (Boston, Mass.), who finished two assists shy of a triple double after recording 11 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and three blocked shots. UMB won its first game of 2013, improving to 7-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
Plymouth State opened the game with the first nine points, holding UMB scoreless for the first seven and a half minutes of play. PSU held a 15-3 lead at the midway point of the half, its largest lead of the game, but the Beacons regrouped and outscored the Panthers 14-2 over the next four minutes to tie the score at 17-all with six minutes to play. The teams traded baskets the rest of the half and went into the locker room knotted at 33-apiece.
Sophomore Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) sparked UMB's second-half outburst with three baskets, including a three-pointer, and junior William Rosary III (Fontana, Calif.) added five points, including a triple. By the time PSU got things under control, UMB had stretched the lead to 55-37 with 12 minutes to play. The Panthers got no closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
UMB finished with a 49 percent shooting clip while PSU converted just 31 percent from the field. The Panthers had a 49-40 margin on the boards.
PSU is home again on Thursday for a non-conference affair against Suffolk University. UMB returns home to host Bridgewater State on Thursday in a non-conference tilt.
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