SALEM, Mass. - Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals in UMass Boston's 69-59 win against the Salem State Vikings at Twohig Gymnasium on Wednesday.
UMass Boston (2-0) got off to a quick start, opening up the game on a 10-1 run. The Beacons made the Vikings uncomfortable on offense coming up with seven steals in the first quarter. The Vikings (0-2) played better in the 2nd quarter and were able to close the gap to five points.
The half ended with UMass Boston ahead 30-22. Both teams shot poorly from the field in the opening half with the Beacons shooting 32.3% (10-31) and Salem State shooting 33.3% (10-30) from the field.
UMass Boston started the second half strong, scoring 10 unanswered points in building a 40-22 lead. The Vikings responded by going on an 18-4 run to finish the third quarter, including a Tyra Scott (Methuen, Mass.) three-pointer to beat the buzzer and cutting the deficit to four at 44-40.
The Beacons were in the bonus for much of the fourth quarter, converting 11-17 (64.7%) free throws. The Vikings however, weren't able to claw their way back into the game due to foul trouble, committing 27 fouls for the game.
UMass Boston hit eight three-pointers, shooting 50% (8-16) compared to Salem State's 14.3% (2-14) from behind the arc.
The Vikings will look to bounce back with a win against Oneonta on Friday at 8:00 p.m. at the Williams College Invitational.