Men's Basketball

Putney, Men's Basketball Defeat Saint Louis, 72-59

Chaz Williams converted on 9-of-9 free throws down the stretch to put the game away for the Minutemen.

Chaz Williams converted on 9-of-9 free throws down the stretch to put the game away for the Minutemen.

Jan. 28, 2012

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AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's basketball team (16-5, 5-2 A-10) used a 22-5 first half run to defeat Saint Louis 72-59, Saturday afternoon. The Minutemen were led by Raphiael Putney who scored a career-high 22 points and picked up 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Chaz Williams finished with 19 points, seven assists, six rebounds and was 11-for-12 from the charity stripe.

Saturday's crowd at the Mullins Center of 8,399 was the largest of the season and since February 24, 2007 when UMass had 9,088 in attendance also against the Billikens.

Saint Louis (16-5, 4-3 A-10) used a strong second half push opening on a 18-7 run. The Billikens were able to cut the UMass lead to five with 5:33 left in the second half. Williams was able to put the game away by converting on 9-for-9 free throws down that stretch.

UMass went into half with a 45-26 lead and shooting a season first half best 65.5 percent (19-for-29) from the floor. The 45 first-half points by the Minutemen were the most allowed by the A-10s top ranked scoring defense in a half this season.

Along with Putney and Williams, Sean Carter was the other Minuteman to finish in double figures with 12 points. He also pulled down five rebounds. Terrell Vinson finished with eight points and five rebounds, and Jesse Morgan finished with five points, six rebounds and four assists.

Brian Conklin led Saint Louis is scoring with 17 points coming off the bench. He also pulled in eight boards. The other Billiken in double figures was Jordair Jett with 13 points.

The Minutemen finished the game shooting 50 percent (25-for-50) from the floor, 45.5 percent (5-for-11) from long range and 81 percent (17-for-21) from the line.

Saint Louis shot 34.3 percent (23-for-67) from the floor, 20.8 percent (5-for-24) from three-point land and 42.1 percent (8-for-19) from the charity stripe.

The Minutemen will be back in action on Feb. 1 as they travel to Kingston, R.I. to take on the University of Rhode Island Rams. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.




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