Morgan's Sharp Shooting Leads UMass Past St. Bonaventure
Feb. 8, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Led by two second half surges and a career night from Jesse Morgan the UMass men's basketball team knocked off St. Bonaventure, 76-67, Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. Morgan scored a career high 24 points, off a career high 6-for-7 from three point range.
UMass (18-6, 7-3 A-10) improves to 12-0 at home this season. It is their best start at home since the 1993-94 season in which they started 14-0.
St. Bonaventure (12-9, 5-4 A-10) was led by Andrew Nicholson who finished the game with 24 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the floor.
The Minutemen opened the second half with 14 unanswered points off four St. Bonaventure turnovers in the first three minutes of play. However, the Bonnies answered back with a 17-9 run of their own to cut the UMass lead to three with 8:41 left to play in the half.
UMass then went back on a 17-2 run over the next four minutes of play with nine points coming from Morgan, off 3-for-3 shooting from long range.
The Minutemen went into half trailing 34-31, rallying back from a 10-point deficit, thanks to a buzzer beater three from Morgan. The first half went back-and-forth with UMass outshooting St. Bonaventure from long range 36.4 percent (4-for-11) to 16.7 percent (1-for-6).
Chaz Williams led UMass at the half with nine points, while Morgan tallied eight of his own. Both Nicholson and Chris Johnson finished the first period with 12 and 10, respectively.
For the game UMass shot 48.1 percent (26-for-54) from the floor, 45 percent (9-for-20) from three-point land and 78.9 percent (15-for-19) from the charity stripe.
St. Bonaventure shot 42.9 percent (27-for-63) from the floor, 12.5 percent (2-for-16) for three, and 73.3 percent (11-for-15) from the free throw line.
The Minutemen will be back in action on Saturday Feb. 11 as they travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Saint Joseph's. The last time these two teams met this season UMass came from behind to win 71-62. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
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