UMass Drops 86-79 Decision At Dayton
March 1, 2014
DAYTON, Ohio - Massachusetts couldn't overcome a slow start to the second half and was unable to regain momentum in a 86-79 loss to Dayton at the UD Arena on Saturday.
Trey Davis led UMass (22-6, 9-5 Atlantic 10) with 19 points and 3-of-4 from outside in a career-high 32 minutes. Chaz Williams added 17 - 15 in the second half - but was just 5-of-17 from the floor, while adding five assists and just one after halftime. Derrick Gordon had 15 on 5-of-7 shooting.
UMass shot 47 pct. overall and was 4-of-11 from the 3-point line. The team was also 23-for-32 from the charity stripe for 72 pct.
Dayton (20-9, 8-6) had five players in double figures and shot 50 pct. Jordan Sibert had 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half and made four of the Flyers' nine 3-pointers. Dyshawn Pierre scored 16 and Vee Sanford came off the bench for 15 in 23 minutes.
The Flyers held a 35-32 edge on the glass and posted18 points off 11 UMass turnovers.
Sampson Carter scored all nine of his points in the opening five minutes as UMass built a 12-11 advantage. The lead stretched to five just before the midway point of the half on a Davis bucket.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Davis gave UMass its largest lead of the frame, 33-26 with five minutes to play. The Flyers scored the final four points to trim the Minutemen lead to 37-36 at the half.
Dayton came out of the break and scored the first nine points to claim a 45-37 lead. The Flyers never trailed again as the Minutemen were only able to get within in three on three occasions, with the last coming on a Williams layup with 40 seconds left.
But Dayton made six of its final eight freebies and came away with the victory.
UMass will play its final road game of the season on Wednesday, when it travels to Duquesne (12-15, 4-10). Tip off at the A.J. Palumbo Center is set for 7 p.m.
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