NEW LONDON, Conn.-- Junior Jalani Jackson scored a game-high 22 points to lead UMASS Boston to a 74-69 victory over Coast Guard. The Beacons improve to 5-0 on their season, while Coast Guard drops to 5-2 overall.
Junior Joie Grassi had 16 points with a team-high seven rebounds, and a game-high, six steals for UMASS Boston. Classmate Tahjai Mazyck added 18 points and five rebounds for the Beacons.
Sophomore Kyra Hartman had her second double-double of the season, leading the Bears with 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Freshman Jacqueline Ward and Faith Butler both scored in double figures for the Bears. Ward shot 7-13 from the field, with 17 points and Butler was 5-7 with 10 points.
Jackson made a layup at 7:45 in the first quarter, to open the game with a 6-2 run for the Beacons. The Bears were down by three at 1:45 in the first but freshman Branyelle Carillo sank two free-throws and Ward made a layup to finish the first quarter with a 12-11 lead.
Senior Zoe Riis-Fallica scored twice from behind the arc through the opening five minutes of the second quarter as the Bears took a 22-15 advantage. At 4:51 Mazyck made a jumper that sparked an 8-0 run, capped by a layup from Grassi at 2:15 as the Beacons took a 25-22 lead. Hartman made back-to-back three pointers with just under 30 seconds remaining to give the Bears a 31-28 advantage heading into halftime.
The Beacons opened the half on an 8-2 run to take a 36-33 lead at 8:05. Ward made two free-throws at 6:53 to cut the deficit to one, 38-37 but the Beacons countered and scored the next six points of the game to extend their lead, 44-37. Grassi made a layup with 31 seconds remaining to give UMASS Boston a 49-45 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
Jackson scored 12 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Beacons held on for the win. The fourth quarter saw four ties and four lead changes. With 15 seconds remaining, sophomore Emma Puddington made a layup to bring the Bears within one, 70-69 but the Beacons finished the game with four free-throws in the final 14 seconds to hold on to the 74-69 victory.
The Bears shot 25-63 (39.7%) from the field and had 46 rebounds. The Beacons were 25-67 (37.3% ) from the field and had 42 rebounds.
Coast Guard is back in action on Friday, December 6 when they travel to Norwich for the weekend as part of the Ed Hockenbury Classic. The game on Friday is at 6 PM and will play again on Saturday at either 1 PM or 3 PM.