Men’s Hoops Cruises Past Hartford for Fourth Straight Victory
BALTIMORE – senior wing Jakob Boonyasith led four players with 19 points in double digits as the host UMBC men’s basketball team defeated the Hartford Hawks 87-62 in an out-of-conference win at the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena Monday night.
UMBC (13-6), who posted a season-high 58.3 percent (35 of 60), claimed their tenth non-conference win of the regular season, a record for the DI program.
Boonyasith converted 7 of 11 field goal attempts and was 4-for-6 from behind the arc. PhD student forward Jarvis Doles (12 points, 7 rebounds), Graduate Student Guard Colton Lawrence (12 points) and graduate student further Tra’von Fagan (11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists) were also in double digits when scoring.
Junior guard Briggs McClain scored a game-high 20 points to speed up the Hawks, who fell to 4-15.
How It Happened (first half)
– The Retrievers, never behind, took a 26-8 lead when they lost 11 of their first 13 field goal attempts in the first 8:40. Graduate Student Guard Craig Beaudion II Sweep three Treys and Doles added seven points during the stretch.
– UMBC extended their lead to 36-16 with 4:54 remaining after a 3-pointer from Lawrence.
– Hartford reduced the deficit to 36:21 after a 5-0 sprint just over three minutes from time, but the Retrievers extended their lead to 46:23 at the break. Boonyasith ignited the 10-2 run with back-to-back triples and junior guard Matteo Picarelli and Fagan followed with buckets.
How It Happened (Second Half)
– The visitors opened the final stanza with nine straight points to narrow the gap to 14 points, 46-32, with 17-13 remaining. Guard Michael Dunn (18 points) converted three of his game-high six Treys to take all the points.
– UMBC extended their lead after freshman guard to 55-38 Dion Brown hit two free throws at the 14:28 mark, but the Hawks responded with an 8-2 burst to reduce the lead to 57-46 with an 11-58 lead.
– Hartford was still only 62-51 with 10-01 to go, but the hosts let the Hawks score just three points over the next six minutes and extended their lead to a game-high 27 points at 81-54. Fagan led by seven points during the 19-3 run that ended the game.
– UMBC made 10 of 22 (45.5 percent) from 3-point territory.
-The Retrievers passed the Hawks 34-23 and had a 38-20 scoring advantage in the color.
– Hartford shot 46.2 percent (24 of 52) and was 11 of 24 (45.8 percent) from deep.
– UMBC has surpassed 80 points in four consecutive competitions for the first time this season.
Quote from Coach Ferry
“We came out in the first half and set the tone. I thought we were more aggressive defensively and really shared the ball and played it right offensively way back. When we calmed down, we increased the lead to over 20 points and ended the game.”
– UMBC (3-1 America East) return to conference play as they travel to UMass Lowell (3-2 AE) on Wednesday night.