Men's Basketball

Comeback Falls Short In 79-76 Loss To George Washington

Jan. 19, 2013

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A late run from Massachusetts was not enough to overcome a 16-point deficit and the Minutemen fell to George Washington 79-76 Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center.

UMass (12-5, 2-2 A-10) will have a week off and host Richmond on Sunday, January 27. Chaz Williams paced the comeback before finishing with 18 points, six assists and a pair of steals. Cady Lalanne added 15 points and seven boards off the bench, while Raphiael Putney posted his fifth double-figure game of the year with 14 points and eight boards.

UMass shot 44 percent from the field and went 18-for-21 from the free-throw line for 86 pct - tying its season-high.

George Washington (8-9, 2-2 A-10) had four players in double digits and was lead by Joe McDonald who earned a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists. Overall the Colonials went 28-57 from the field (49.1%) and shot 20-31 from the free-throw line. George Washington had a seven-point lead at halftime and started the second half with a 12-3 run, which put them up by 16 with fifteen minutes to play.

The Minutemen trailed by 16 points five minutes into the second half, but used a 14-4 run to close the gap at 61-58 with 6:20 left. GW responded and stretched the lead to nine with 4:23 to play.

UMass trailed by three when Freddie Riley was fouled on a three-point attempt. He made two of the three despite trying to miss the third attempt with 3.0 seconds left. The Colonials made both free throws and the Minutemen did not get a shot off.

UMass started off strong in the first half, holding the lead until the Colonials tied it up with 8:41 to go. Raphael Putney had a pair of blocks in the first two minutes that set the tempo for the Minutemen early and Freddie Riley put in two from beyond the arc to give UMass a boost. George Washington would go on a 7-0 run in the last three minutes of the half to give them a 40-33 lead going into the locker room.



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