UMass Falls to Dayton, 76-43
Feb. 25, 2012
DAYTON, Ohio - The Massachusetts basketball team endured one of its toughest shooting games and dropped a 76-43 decision to Dayton at the UD Arena Saturday night.
UMass (19-9, 8-6 Atlantic 10) shot a season-low 25 percent and committed 15 turnovers in dropping its second-consecutive contest to the Flyers.
Chaz Williams, who played 11 scoreless minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, led the Minutemen with 11 points and three assists. Maxie Esho contributed 10 points and tied his career-high with nine rebounds off the bench.
Dayton (18-10, 8-6) used some hot outside shooting in the first half and finish with 10 3-pointers en route to a 42 percent shooting performance. Chris Johnson made four threes on his way to a 20-point, 11-rebound night. Kevin Dillard had 11 points and seven assists.
With Dayton holding a 8-6 lead five minutes into the game, the Flyers got three triples from Luke Fabrizius to push their advantage to 17-6 with 12:39 to play in the first.
UMass got trimmed the margin to six on two occasions before UD took a 38-28 lead into the locker room.
Coming out of the break, UD extended the edge to 16 two minutes into the period. UMass eventually used a 9-0 run to trim the margin to 40-34 with 13:36 remaining. But a 6-0 Flyer run put the game back into double digits and the Minutemen never recovered.
UMass returns to action when it travels to No. 22 Temple (22-6, 11-3) on Wednesday night. Tip off at the Liacouras Center is set for 7 p.m.
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