Esho & Davis Spark No. 23 UMass To 73-65 Win Over Miami (OH)
Jan. 4, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Four Minutemen reached double-figures in the scoring column as the No. 23 UMass basketball team defeated Miami (Ohio) 73-65 on Saturday evening in the Mullins Center. An early 11-to-0 run gave UMass a lead it would never relinquish en route to its 12th win of the season. The Minutemen will open Atlantic 10 play next Wednesday against Saint Joseph's.
Chaz Williams led UMass (12-1) with 18 points to go with eight assists and three steals. Maxie Esho added 15 points, just three shy of his career high, while also hauling down six rebounds. Cady Lalanne (12 points) and Trey Davis (11 points) rounded out the Minutemen's top scorers.
The Red Hawks (4-7) were led by Will Felder's game-high 22 points and 15 points from Geovonie McKnight. Joshua Oswald added 12 points in the loss.
Miami opened the game scoring the first two baskets before the Minutemen responded with an 11-to-0 run.
At the 8:43 mark of the first half, a Williams steal resulted in a three-point play giving UMass a 21-12 lead after Miami had pulled within six points.
The Red Hawks managed to pull within two points late in the first half, but back-to-back three pointers from Davis gave the Minutemen a 36-27 advantage with 1:49 left in the half.
Miami closed the period with a 5-to-0 run to pull within four, 36-32, at the break.
After scoring the first four points of the second half, UMass was able to maintain the lead as the game progressed, but were not able to pull away until mid-way through the stanza.
A three-point play from Esho gave the Minutemen their largest lead of the game, 49-38, with 11:26 remaining. Miami was able to trim that back down to six points, but a deep three ball from Williams followed by a steal leading to a Sampson Carter lay-up restored the Minutemen's advantage back to double-digits.
Miami was able to score eight points in the final 42 seconds of playing and tried extending the game with fouls and timeouts, but the Minutemen made five-of-six free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
UMass shot 51 percent from the floor hitting 25-of-49 shots including 7-of-16 from behind the arc. Miami was 48.4 percent from the floor going 30-of-62, but just 1-of-14 from three-point land.