Saint Joe's Slips Past Men's Hoops, 73-68
Feb. 1, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - Derrick Gordon scored a game-high 21 points and Chaz Williams posted a double-double in leading UMass from a 16-point halftime deficit to a tie game late, before falling 73-68 to Saint Joseph's at Hagan Arena Saturday night.
UMass chipped away and tied the game on a Williams 3-pointer with 1:23 left. After Saint Joe's made a free throw, Williams made split a pair on the UMass end. The Minutemen had two chances to take the lead with offensive tip-in shots, but both rolled off the rim and the ball went out of bounds to the Hawks.
Chris Wilson drew a foul and made two shots to put the home team ahead 70-68 with 30 seconds left.
On the UMass possession after a time out, Gordon lost the ball going in for an attempt on the baseline. The Hawks got possession with 12 seconds and made a pair of free throws to go ahead by four.
UMass (17-4, 4-3 Atlantic 10) shot 59 percent in the second half and used a 14-1 run that knotted the score at 67. The Minutemen had two steals and forced the Hawks to spend their final two timeouts on back-court pressure during the run.
Williams finished with 16 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and three steals. He tied the school record for double-figure assist games with his 15th on Saturday.
Gordon was a point shy of matching his season high and shot 10-for-13 with two assists and two steals. It was his ninth double figure game of the year but only his second in the past 10.
SJU (15-6, 5-2) shot 41 percent from the floor and was 25-for-40 from the free throw line - more than twice as many shots and attempts as UMass.
Halil Kanacevic led four SJU players in double figures with 18 points and five assists.
The Hawks created some distance in the first half and maintained a lead through the period. A 9-2 run gave SJU a 17-12 lead just over seven minutes into the game. The margin grew to double-digits with 6:22 left and reached as large as 17 before taking a 41-25 score into the break.
UMass' Maxie Esho left the game in the first half when he caught an elbow to the head going for a rebound.
After playing five of six on the road, UMass will return home on Wednesday to face La Salle. The game will tip off at the Mullins Center at 7:00 p.m.