DARTMOUTH, Mass. – UMass Boston freshman Alex Sanchez (Salem, Mass.) buried a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining, giving the Beacons the final say by a 78-77 score in a back-and-forth affair with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Wednesday at the Tripp Athletic Center.
Score: UMass Boston 78, UMass Dartmouth 77
Records: UMass Boston (13-11, 6-7 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (16-8, 9-4 LEC)
How it Happened
Following a tight start to the first half, the Beacons began to edge away with five straight points at 10:54, capped by a 3-pointer by junior Iser Barnes (Boston, Mass.). UMass Boston's sharpshooting kept the advantage in the visitors' hands for the remainder of the half, with the Beacons going 17-of-31 (54 percent) from the field to own a 39-33 advantage heading into the final 20 minutes.
UMass Boston's lead built to as much as 13 in the first five minutes of the second half before the Corsairs began to claw back. Tucker Bouchard (Kingston, Mass.) kick-started a 12-1 UMass Dartmouth run with a pair of free throws at 11:35, joining with senior Abi Akanni (Fitchburg, Mass.) to knock down 3-pointers during the streak. At 7:49, sophomore Nick Portelance (Fairhaven, Mass.) battled for a layup, knotting the score at 61.
For the remainder of the contest, neither team would hold more than a three-point lead. UMass Boston's Dan Powers (Westwood, Mass.) and Portelance traded baskets to tie the game at 75-all at 1:15, and after a pair of Corsair timeouts, Akanni tipped in the missed shot with 27 seconds left to give UMass Dartmouth a two-point lead. Out of UMass Boston's corresponding timeout, Ty Lee (Boston, Mass.) let time tick down before dishing to Sanchez, who sunk the beyond-the-arc bucket to put the Beacons back on top. UMass Dartmouth missed a final chance at the buzzer on its last possession.
Inside the Numbers
UMass Boston's victory snaps a four-game losing skid for the Beacons to the Corsairs. The previous Beacon win came on Feb. 13, 2015.
The Beacons finished with a 32-of-59 (54 percent) shooting performance on the contest, the second-highest field goal percentage allowed by a UMass Dartmouth opponent this season. Roger Williams previously shot 60 percent against the Corsairs on Dec. 8.
Bouchard matched a season-high with his game-high 19 points, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and 12 points in the second half. Portelance wrapped up his ninth double-double of the season, totaling 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Sanchez and Powers each recorded 15 points, with Powers adding a game-high 13 boards. Lee posted 11 points while totaling seven assists.
With the loss, the Corsairs move into a tie for second place in the Little East Conference standings with Keene State at 9-4 in the conference.
Both teams take to the road for the final regular-season contest. UMass Dartmouth will travel to Southern Maine for a 3 p.m. start on Saturday, with UMass Boston trekking to Eastern Connecticut at the same time.