BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Tarchee Brown (Rockville) swished a three-point field goal attempt with 7:25 left in the first half to become the leading scorer in the 78-year history of the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball program in leading the four-time defending Little East Conference champions to an 80-54 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center.
Brown's three-pointer – which came from the left side of the arc on a pass from freshman guard Cory Muckle (Westbrook) -- gave him eight points in the game and 1,658 in his career – one more than Nick Nedwick (2008-12). On the way to his re-cord-setting basket, Brown grabbed a defensive rebound and the ball was swung on the left side to Muckle, who found Brown open with a waist-high pass. Brown caught the ball and went up in the same motion, with the shot dropping cleanly through the net. He finished the night with 18 points and 1,668 in his 95-game career.
Eastern (11-2, 3-0 LEC) defeated UMass (7-6, 1-2 LEC) for the 20th consecutive time and retained a share of the Little East lead with Keene State College and Western Connecticut.
Brown finished with 18 points (3-of-3 from three), a career-high 16 rebounds and seven assists. Senior guard Kendall Marquez (Willimantic) led all players in the game with 19 points (5-of-8 from three), scoring the 900th point of his four-year collegiate career in the process. Muckle added ten points and five rebounds and junior forward Leonel Hyatt (Greenwich) grabbed a season-high nine rebounds to go along with five points without a turnover in 29 minutes.
Brown, a 6-foot-3 inch guard/forward, began the season ranked ninth all-time with 1,376 points but advanced quickly up the ladder thanks to a career-high 22.5 scoring average this season. He took over second place ahead of Rich Vega (1998-02) with 29 points in a loss to Cabrini University Dec. 20 in Florida, and a 31-point effort in a win at Amherst College this past Tuesday boosted his point total to 1,650 points, seven behind Nedwick.
Saturday, Brown's first five points came on a layup and three free throws in the first nine minutes that helped stake the Warriors to a ten-point lead. The record-breaking three-pointer began a run of seven straight points for Brown, who hit one of two free throws 36 seconds later when he was fouled after grabbing an offensive rebounds, then grabbed another defensive rebound and took a return pass from sophomore guard Carlos Gonzalez (Springfield, MA) and drilled another three-point from the top of the arc that pushed the lead to 17 with 4:53 left in the first half.
At left: UMass Boston's Kevin Louis-Jean (33) takes a unique defensive approach against Leonel Hyatt in the first half of Saturday's 80-54 Little East Conference victory at the Clark Athletic Center. Hyatt had a season-high nine rebounds to go along with five points as the Warriors improved to 3-0 in the conference.
Gonzalez had seven points, five assists and two steals. Senior guard Collin Jordan (Cheshire) came off the bench for four points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in ten minutes, and freshman forward Brian Callahan (Ludlow, MA) connected on his only field goal try, giving him seven field goals on nine attempts this year.
UMass had a three-game home winning streak ended. Senior forward Dan Powers submitted an unusual line of 13 rebounds and two points in 25 minutes for the Beacons, which featured two double-figure scorers in freshmen guards Charles (14 points) and Charlie (12) Mitchell. Outside of Charles, UMB's other starters combined for only eight points on 2-of-20 shooting.
Eastern plays its first home game in over a month Wednesday when it hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East game at 7:30 p.m. The Corsairs (9-4, 2-1 LEC) have won three in a row, including Saturday's 83-64 victory against visiting University of Southern Maine. Six-foot-five inch forwards Joshua Imadiyi and Arinze Obiora each had 23 points for UMD in the victory.
UMass has beaten Eastern twice in the last three meetings after losing 14 in a row against Eastern.