Sharp Shooting Leads Hoops Past La Salle 79-67
Feb. 5, 2014
A strong shooting night, especially from beyond the arc, paced the UMass men's basketball team to a 79-67 win over La Salle on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. A crowd of 4,345 braved the winter storm that had swept through the region to see the Minutemen win their tenth straight at home.
Five different Minutemen (18-4, 5-3 A-10) scored in double figures led by Chaz Williams who had 17 points along with eight assists and four rebounds. Trey Davis scored 13 points, while Cady Lalanne added 13 to go with six rebounds. Sampson Carter added 11 and five rebounds.
Overall, UMass shot 32-of-60 from the floor for 53 percent. From downtown, the Minutemen were just as accurate going 7-of-13 (54%).
La Salle (12-10, 4-4 A-10) was held to just 25-of-63 shooting (39.7%) including 5-of-15 from beyond the arc (33.3%).
Jerrell Wright led the Explorers with 16 points and seven rebounds. Tyreek Duren scored 13 points, while Khalid Lewis added 10 points.
Midway through the first half, the Minutemen managed to extend a four-point lead into a 12 point lead with a 10-to-2 run giving UMass a 28-16 lead at the 7 minute mark.
The Explorers cut that back down to seven after a Duren three-pointer. UMass used a 14-to-6 run over the final 5:09 of the first half to take a 43-27 lead into the intermission.
Sharpshooting from Davis and Williams sparked the Minutemen in the first half with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Davis was a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc, while Williams was 5-of-7 overall from the floor.
The Minutemen were able to force La Salle into several tough shots with the Explorers connecting on just 9-of-30 attempts (30%).
UMass scored the first four points of the second half and stretched the lead to as many as 21 points twice. La Salle was not able to put together any major runs to counter the Minutemen's offense as the outside shooting opened up the interior scoring.
The Minutemen will head down to Rhode Island on Sunday for a 4 PM tip-off. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.