Billikens Rain 3s On UMass In 69-53 Win
Feb. 2, 2011
ST. LOUIS - UMass avoided the snow storm to arrive in St. Louis, but the Billikens rained 3-pointers on the Minutemen to post a 69-53 win at Chaifetz Arena on Wednesday night. The loss ended UMass' two-game win streak and two-game road conference win streak as the Minutemen fell to 13-8, 5-3 in the A-10. Saint Louis is now 8-13, 3-5 in the league.
Saint Louis made 10-of-32 from beyond the arc and turned the ball over just seven times. Mike McCall led the scoring blizzard with 17 points. Cody Ellis (10 points) and Kyle Cassity (11 points) each made three 3-pointers.
Conversly, UMass made just 1-of-8 3-pointers and didn't convert one until a Freddie Riley bomb with 13 minutes left in regulation. Senior Anthony Gurley led UMass in scoring for the 19th time in 21 games with 19. Sophomore Terrell Vinson had a season-best 12 points along with seven rebounds. Freshman Raphiael Putney had a career-high nine rebounds.
UMass had cut the deficit to as small as four early in the second half (34-30), but Ellis hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cap a 9-0 run and take a 43-30 lead with 14:35 left in the second half.
Saint Louis continued to maintain a double-figure lead through the remainder of the half and took a lead as large as 17 on two occasions at 55-38 and 59-42 with 6:33 left. The closest UMass would get in the final 13 minutes was 12 points.
Saint Louis made 20-of-23 from the foul line in the second half.
UMass' Freddie Riley was ejected for a flagrant foul in the game's closing minutes.
Gurley moved to 23rd in career scoring at UMass with 1,198. He passed Carmelo Travieso (1,186) early in the second half with a 3-point play to draw UMass within six points with 18:12 left in the game at 34-28.
The Billikens started the game redhot from 3-point range as they made six of their first 13 shots from beyond the arc to take a 27-14 lead with 6:55 left in the first half. Cassity bombed his third trey without a miss to give the Billikens the largest lead of the half. UMass did not make a first half 3-pointer (0-3).
Saint Louis led 29-21 at halftime as all SLU 11 field goals were assisted. The Billikens didn't have a turnover for the first 17 minutes of the game as they built the double-figure lead. UMass defense buckled down late in the half, limiting SLU to just one basket over the final 6:55, but were only able to cut the margin to eight.
UMass continues its two-game road trip at Saint Joseph's on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Listen to the game on the UMass Sports Network.
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