AMHERST, Mass. — Julia Champagne scored 16 points, including a key 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining, and St. Joseph’s College rallied to a 61-56 victory over UMass-Boston in the first round of the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament Friday at Amherst, College.

The Monks (28-1) overcame a 38-25 halftime deficit in winning their 27th straight game, and move on to a second-round game on Saturday against undefeated Amherst, a 61-12 winner over Becker on Friday night.

Hannah Marks added 12 points for St. Joseph’s, Kelsi McNamara had 10 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and Emily Benway scored 10 points.

McNamara’s jumper with 5:44 left tied the game at 50 to cap a furious second-half rally, and Regan McFerran put the Monks ahead to stay with a free throw with 3:32 remaining. A Brianne Maloney jumper with 1:48 left and Champagne’s 3 pushed the lead to 58-52.

Joie Grass (13 points) had a chance at a three-point play to pull the Beacons within one score with 19 seconds left, but missed her free throw.

Shania Osborne led UMass-Boston (25-4) with 16 points.