Men's Basketball

UMass Falls To VCU, 86-68

Feb. 15, 2013

Box Score

RICHMOND, Va. - VCU opened the second half with a 21-1 run and erased a five-point UMass halftime lead en route to a 86-68 win at the Siegel Center Thursday.

Raphiael Putney finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for his fifth-career double-double and first of the season. Chaz Williams had seven assists and nine rebounds but also committed six turnovers.

UMass (16-7, 6-4 Atlantic 10) shot 41 percent but was just 6-of-22 for 27 pct. in the second half. The Minutemen shot 51 pct in the opening 20 minutes and held a 42-37 lead at the intermission.

Treveon Graham scored 19 points for VCU (20-5, 8-2). Melvin Johnson had 18 and Rob Brandenberg added 12 points. The Rams did their damage with pressure defense in the first 6:10 of the second half, forcing UMass into seven of its 13 second-half miscues during the stretch. UMass committed a season-high 24 turnovers.

In the first half, UMass used a 16-5 run to take a 37-32 lead with 3:03 on the clock before a 42-37 halftime edge.

Freddie Riley had 12 points and Cady Lalanne finished with six points and five blocks. The Minutemen had ten blocks as a team, their most since 11 in the season-opener.

UMass will return home to play host to Temple on Saturday evening. Tip-off at the Mullins Center is set for 6 p.m.



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