UMass beat writer Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a nice piece on freshman Demetrius Dyson and his emergence into the rotation for the Minutemen.
AMHERST -- Demetrius Dyson said he wasn't nervous when Derek Kellogg sent him into the game with 9 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first half of Sunday's win over Youngstown State.
The University of Massachusetts freshman immediately drew the assignment of guarding Kendrick Perry, the Penguins' leading scorer.
Seven minutes later, Dyson came out of the game. He wasn't perfect. He missed two 3-pointers and cut the wrong way leading to a Chaz Williams turnover. But Perry didn't score during that stretch.
"I'm trying to come in and play defense. I wasn't focused on scoring, I was just focused making sure he didn't score and hurt us," Dyson said. "I knew Chaz and Cady (Lalanne) were having great games. I wasn't coming in trying to be a superstar, just to fulfill my role and lock this person down."