No. 16/15 UMass led from wire to wire in a tough, but steady performance at Elon on Saturday night. Cady Lalanne controlled the paint and they didn't have an answer for the length of Maxie Esho and Raphiael Putney. And then you add Chaz doing most of his damage in the second half, and in the final 7-plus minutes as well. Now its back to Atlantic 10 play with a tough one at Richmond on Wednesday night.
UMass men's basketball closes out non-conference play with 84-74 win at Elon | Daily Collegian Sports
They said it... Quotes from the press conferences
"It was a very good win for us on the road," UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. "I've got a lot of respect for Elon. This was a very good, tough, full 40 minutes for us. Going on the road and playing a good RPI game is always good if you're trying to be an NCAA tournament team. I was nervous coming in, I knew (Elon) could beat us. When they made a run, it was never like they took the game over. It was more along the lines like they were fighting to come back."
-- UMass head coach Derek Kellogg
"UMass is nationally recognized for a reason. I thought our guys played hard. I think we did not play as clean as we needed to offensively."
-- Elon coach Matt Matheny
"That's not the way you want to start. We want to be the team that punches the other team in the mouth and today we got punched. We were right there. Every time we got it to seven, they had an answer for us."
-- Elon senior guard Sebastian Koch
"This was definitely one of the longest teams we've played. In practice, we can't replicate exactly what they're going to do."
-- Elon senior forward Lucas Troutman