Williams Shines In Homecoming As UMass Defeats Fordham, 77-73
Jan. 13, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. -- Chaz Williams scored a game-high 22 points with seven assists and six rebounds in a homecoming for the Brooklyn native as Massachusetts defeated Fordham 77-73 at Rose Hill Gym Sunday.
UMass (11-4, 1-1 Atlantic 10) rebounded from Thursday's loss with its fifth road victory of the season. The 77 points scored were also its highest in six road games.
Four Minutemen scored in double figures with Terrell Vinson finishing at 19 points, Trey Davis with a career-high 12 and Freddie Riley with 11. Riley's clutch 3-pointer from the corner with 33.9 seconds left gave the Minutemen a five point lead after the Rams had trimmed a double-digit margin to a pair with less than a minute remaining.
Fordham (5-12, 1-1) shot 35 percent from the floor, including 47 pct. in the second half and outrebounded UMass 55-42. Branden Frazier had 21 points and Chris Gaston produced another strong game against UMass with 18 of his 20 points after the intermission.
UMass outscored Fordham 22-6 over a seven-minute stretch in the first half as it built a 15-point lead on four occasions. The Minutemen went into the break with a 40-26 edge due in large part to 16 points from Vinson.
The Rams came out of the locker room and quickly trimmed the deficit to single digits, getting to within 55-47 on a Brendan Frazier jumper at the midway point of the half. UMass got a 3-pointer from Williams on the next possession that saw some emotion come out of the junior guard.
The margin stayed between six and nine points for the next five minutes when Maxie Esho made a free throw with 4:12 left that gave the Minutemen a 67-58 lead.
Fordham scored seven-consecutive and pulled within 67-65 with 2:00 on the clock. After trading scores UMass found itself ahead by two and less than a minute to play. That's when Riley connected on one of the biggest triples of the season to give the Minutemen some breathing room, 72-67.
From there, Williams and Davis made five-straight free throws to secure the victory.
UMass will return to Amherst an open a three-game homestand on Thursday night against Duquesne. The contest will tip-off at 7 p.m. and be televised nationally by the CBS Sports Network.