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Davis, Williams, Putney Power UMass Past Duquesne, 78-74

March 5, 2014

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PITTSBURGH - Trey Davis scored 20 points and Chaz Williams became the career assist leader in school history to lead Massachusetts past Duquesne, 78-74, at the A.J. Palumbo Center on Wednesday.

UMass (23-6, 10-5 Atlantic 10) remained in contention for one of the top four seeds in next week's A-10 Championship thanks to a 7-2 run over the final 2:30. Davis scored the final 10 points for the Minutemen, including a 3-pointer with 3:13 left and the shot clock nearing zero that game UMass a 71-70 lead.

Ovie Soko answered for Duquesne with a 16-foot jumper before Davis responded one more time. The sophomore from Dallas hit the last of his game-high four 3-pointers with 1:43 to play that gave UMass the lead for good, 74-72.

Davis then made four free throws to tie his career-high and close out the game.

Williams had 17 points, six assists and four steals in another strong effort. His feed on Davis' triple that put the Minutemen ahead was No. 678 in his three-year career and saw him match Chris Lowe for the school mark.

Raphiael Putney finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks. He surpassed the 1,000-point plateau with a jumper in the lane in the first half, becoming the 46th player in program history to accomplish the feat.

Maxie Esho recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sampson Carter added 11 to give UMass five in double figures.

UMass shot 45 percent form the floor, made 10 3-pointers and was 14-of-18 from the free throw line.

UMass led 41-40 at the half and improved to 16-1 when leading at the half.

Duquesne (12-16, 4-11) got 20 points from Micah Mason who was 4-for-6 from outside.

UMass will play host to Saint Louis on Sunday at 2 p.m. in its final regular-season game of the year. The game is sold out and will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network.

 

 

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