The Gustavus men’s basketball team extended its current win streak to six games with a 73-66 win in Boston, Massachusetts against the University of Massachusetts at Boston. The Gusties used a 12-0 run over a four-minute stretch late in the game to turn a one-point deficit into an 11-point lead at 71-60 with 3:29 left in the contest. The Beacons could get no closer than seven points the rest of the way. Trevor Wittwer led Gustavus with 16 points and nine rebounds.
The game started out very close as neither team could muster more than a four-point lead in the first 15 minutes of the first half. During that time their were 13 lead changes and six ties. Robbie Schmidt knocked a down a three-point basket at the 4:39 mark to give the Gusties the biggest lead of the half at five points (35-30). UMass.-Boston battled back to tie the score at 37-37 with 2:00 left on the clock. The score was tied at 39-39, when Gustavus point-guard Mike DesLauriers hit a three-point shot with two seconds left to give the Gusties a 42-39 lead at the intermission.
The second half consisted of several different runs by each team, but the game remained close. Gustavus scored the first four points of the second half to take its biggest lead of the game at seven points, 46-39 (18:48). The Beacons slowly picked away at the Gustie lead and jumped back into the lead at 50-49 on a layup by Anthony Brewster at the 13:41 mark. A Jesse Van Sickle three-point basket and a Trevor Wittwer layup gave Gustavus a 59-54 lead with 9:07 remaining, but the Beacons scored six straight to take a 60-59 lead at the 7:54 mark. It would turn out to be the final lead of the game for UMass-Boston as the Gusties scored the next 12 points to take an 11-point, 71-60 lead with 3:29 remaining in regulation play. The key flurry was aided by five points from Wittwer, four points from Sam Paulson, and three points from Van Sickle. Gustavus would only score two points the rest of the game, however defense and rebounding would allow them to hold on for the 73-66 win in the first ever meeting between the two programs.
Three Gustavus players reached double-digits in scoring including Trevor Wittwer with 16 points, Jesse Van Sickle with 15, and Sam Paulson with 10. Mike DesLauriers contributed a career-high eight assists for the Gusties. Gustavus made 11-of-25 shots from three-point range, while UMass-Boston connected on just 3-of-11 attempts from behind the arc. Van Sickle recorded three treys, while Robbie Schmidt, Kane Sivesind, and Tyler Kaus knocked down two each.
UMass-Boston was led by Amigo Paniagua who contributed 18 points, 7 assists, and six rebounds.
With the win, Gustavus improves to 7-2 overall, while the University of Massachusetts at Boston falls to 1-9 on the season. Gustavus will return to conference play on Monday, January 7 with a home game against Saint Mary’s University at 7:30 pm.
Newspaper Box Score
Gustavus Adolphus vs UMass Boston
1/2/08 3:00 p.m. at Boston, MA – Clark Athletic Center
GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS 73, UMASS BOSTON 66
GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS (7-2)
Trevor Wittwer 5-10 5-5 16; Jesse Van Sickle 5-15 2-2 15; Sam Paulson 4-5
2-2 10; Andrew Doble 3-6 2-3 8; Kane Sivesind 2-7 1-2 7; Tyler Kaus 2-5 0-0
6; Robert Schmidt 2-4 0-0 6; Mike DesLauriers 1-1 0-0 3; Ryan McPartland 1-1
0-0 2; Dan Schmidtknecht 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-54 12-14 73.
UMASS BOSTON (1-9)
Amigo Paniagua 7-17 3-3 18; Ernst P. Jean 5-13 4-4 14; Aaron Jones 3-7 4-4
11; Anthony Brewster 5-6 0-0 10; Mark Doran 4-6 0-0 9; Kenneth Hite, Jr. 1-3
0-0 2; Terrell Maddox 1-2 0-0 2; Marc Borgellas, Jr. 0-0 0-0 0; James Alcide
0-0 0-0 0; Gaelen McGrail 0-1 0-0 0; Giorgios Hologitas 0-2 0-0 0. Totals
26-57 11-11 66.
Gustavus Adolphus…………. 42 31 – 73
UMass Boston……………… 39 27 – 66
3-point goals–Gustavus Adolphus 11-25 (Jesse Van Sickle 3-10; Kane Sivesind
2-5; Tyler Kaus 2-4; Robert Schmidt 2-4; Trevor Wittwer 1-1; Mike
DesLauriers 1-1), UMass Boston 3-11 (Aaron Jones 1-5; Mark Doran 1-3; Amigo
Paniagua 1-2; Anthony Brewster 0-1). Fouled out–Gustavus Adolphus-None,
UMass Boston-None. Rebounds–Gustavus Adolphus 31 (Trevor Wittwer 9), UMass
Boston 29 (Ernst P. Jean 10). Assists–Gustavus Adolphus 20 (Mike
DesLauriers 8), UMass Boston 13 (Amigo Paniagua 7). Total fouls–Gustavus
Adolphus 11, UMass Boston 12. Technical fouls–Gustavus Adolphus-None, UMass
Boston-Mark Doran. A-150