Men's Basketball

Strong Defense Sparks No. 19 Men's Hoops To 73-68 Win Over Bonnies

Jan. 11, 2014

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A 26-to-8 run over the final nine minutes of the second half along with a standout defensive effort rallied the No. 19 UMass basketball team to a 73-68 win over St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen outscored the Bonnies 10-to-1 in the final three minutes of play and forced four SBU turnovers to close out the game.

Raphiael Putney led UMass (14-1, 2-0 A-10) with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Cady Lalanne had 16 points and Sampson Carter added 11. Trey Davis was huge late in the game and finished with eight points.

SBU (11-5, 1-1 A-10) was led by Charlon Kloof's 15 points and seven assists. Youssou Ndoye added 11 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots, while Jordan Gathers rounded out the high scorers with 10.

UMass trailed 32-25 at halftime after a late 9-to-1 run put the Bonnies up by eight just under four minutes until the intermission. It looked like SBU would go into the half up by 10, but Carter drilled a three-pointer just before the horn sounded.

The Bonnies extended their lead to 13 at the 16:35 mark of the second half taking a 43-30 lead on a Matthew Wright jumper.

The Minutemen managed to trim the lead to nine points, but back-to-back turnovers led to points for St. Bonaventure which took at 54-41 lead with 12:10 to go forcing a UMass timeout.



St. Bonaventure continued to shoot the ball well in the second half hitting nine straight shots to maintain its lead over UMass. Dion Wright's errant three pointer with 9:04 marked the first miss in over seven minutes for the Bonnies.

A pair of Lalanne free throws and a Putney alley-oop coming out of the under eight minute media timeout pulled UMass back within nine, 60-51, sparking the Mullins faithful.

Carter took a charge on the ensuing inbounds play and a lay-up by Lalanne forced a SBU timeout.

A driving lay-up by Putney followed by a tip-in cut the lead down to four, 65-61, with 3:35 to go.

The Bonnies answered with a Wright lay-up, but Carter once again made a big play with a traditional three-point play cutting the lead to three.

A Davis left-handed lay-up through traffic cut the lead to 68-66 bringing the 6,634 fans to their feet urging UMass for one more defensive stop. Chaz Williams provided that tipping the ball off Wright's feet.

Davis drilled a three-pointer from the left wing with 1:07 to go putting the Minutemen back on top, 69-68, for the first time since the 7:44 mark of the first half.

Another forced turnover by the UMass defense gave the Minutemen the ball back with under a minute. Williams drove to the basket with 10 seconds to go drawing the foul and promptly hitting two free throws giving UMass a 71-68 lead.

Williams then stole the St. Bonaventure inbounds pass and found Putney who was fouled going to the basket. Two more free throws sealed the comeback win for the Minutemen with 8.8 seconds to go.

UMass will now open a three-game road trip, beginning Wednesday at George Mason in Fairfax, Va. Tipoff at the Patriot Center is set for 7:00 p.m.

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