BOSTON, Mass. --- UMass Boston outscored visiting Becker College 43-27 in the second half, to earn a comeback 67-55 win in non-conference play Tuesday night at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 67, Becker 55
(UMass Boston 3-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After suffering through one of their worst halves of the season offensively, the Beacons jumped all over the Hawks in the second half to stretch their winning streak to three in a row.
Senior point guard Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.) sparked the second-half comeback, as she recorded five of her game-high seven assists in the second stanza. For the game, Vital finished with a season-high 10 points, to go along with her three rebounds, three steals and one block.
Reigning Little East Conference Rookie of the Week Megan Dixon (Hanover, Mass.) paced the Beacons with a team-high 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from distance.
Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) and Alecia Quinones (Stoughton, Mass.) both added 12 points and six rebounds on a combined 11-of-20 shooting.
Cassidy Harrison had the hot hand for the visitors, as she poured in 20 points in 30 minutes of action. Mariah Triplett tacked on 11 points off the bench, while Adrianna Dowdy led all players with her 11 rebounds.
Becker College used a 5-0 run late in the first quarter to grab a 13-8 late after 10 minutes.
The Hawks extended the run into the second stanza, as they scored eight of their first 10 points of the second quarter to stretch their lead to a game-high 21-10 lead. Sarah Ware capped off the big run, with a lay-in and a 3-pointer to push the lead to 11 with 6:46 to go in the half.
UMass Boston immediately answered, as they used a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to one (23-22) with 1:15 left in the half. Geanna Williams (Cromwell, Conn.) and Dixon each had three points during the flurry.
Harrison had the answer through, as she drained a 3-pointer on the next possession, and a Ciara McKissick lay-in with under a second to go put the Hawks ahead 28-24 heading into halftime.
UMass Boston turned the game on its head in the third quarter, as they took the lead less than three minutes into the quarter and outscored Becker 25-14 in the stanza.
Grassi cut the deficit in half with a jumper on the first possession and Dixon gave the Beacons the lead with a 3-pointer. Three more lay-ins, two from Quinones and one from Grassi, stretched the run to 11-2 in the opening 3:34.
The two teams would trade baskets the rest of the way, with UMass Boston holding a 49-42 lead after three.
Becker cut the deficit to one possession midway through the fourth quarter, but Grassi answered with a three and Tahjai Mazyck (Hamden, Conn.) followed with a jumper to push the lead to 58-50 with 4:13 left.
BY THE NUMBERS
UMass Boston ended the day shooting 41.3 percent from the field (26-63), 42.1 percent from distance (8-19) and 7-of-10 from the free throw line. A huge part of that was shooting over 57 percent in the second half and 6-10 from distance.
Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) and Williams led the Beacons with seven rebounds apiece and Kelsey tacked on a game-high four steals.
The Beacons turned the ball over just 10 times and registered a 17-3 edge in points off turnovers.
With the win, UMass Boston improved to 2-0 all-time against Becker.
Becker will travel to Elms College on Saturday for their NECC opener. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m.