Men's Basketball Drops Heartbreaker to UMass Boston, 76-74

Men's Basketball Drops Heartbreaker to UMass Boston, 76-74

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA – Sophomore guard Vinny DeLucia (Miami, FL/Sagemont Upper Valley School) hit the second of back-to-back three-pointers with 2:20 remaining in the second half to knot the game at 71-71 and help the UMass Boston men's basketball team rally from an 18-point halftime deficit and defeat host UMass Dartmouth, 76-74, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Wednesday evening.

Rahshjeem Benson (Boston, MA/Dorchester) scored a team-high 21 points for the Beacons, 15 of which came in the second half. DeLucia went 4-of-6 from behind the arc as he totaled 14 points.

The Beacons, who trailed at halftime, 43-25, outscored the Corsairs 51-31 in the second frame.

The Corsairs were led by sophomore guard Mike Rotando (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ/Point Pleasant Beach HS/Bloomfield), who scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the floor. Junior guard John Genkos (Northampton, MA/Northampton HS) hit a game-high six three-pointers in totaling 24 points.

UMD held a slight edge in rebounds, 43-37, but were outshot 50 percent to 36.2 percent. Freshman forward Abi Akanni (Fitchburg, MA/Fitchburg) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for the Corsairs.

"This was tough game for us to lose," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We've got to get back to practice to get ready for our game on Saturday against Southern Maine and the upcoming Little East Tournament."

The Corsairs fell to 4-10 and 1-12 in the Little East Conference with the loss, while the Beacons improved to 12-11 and 6-7 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Southern Maine Saturday in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader. UMass Boston will visit Eastern Connecticut Saturday.