Men's Basketball

UMass Eliminated From A-10 Tournament With 85-77 Loss To GW

March 15, 2014

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BROOKLYN - Maxie Esho scored a career-high 22 and grabbed seven rebounds but the second-half hole was just too much to overcome and the sixth-seeded Minutemen fell to third-seeded George Washington, 85-77, in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship.

A night after shooting a season-low from the floor and using a late comeback to win, UMass struggled to get going in the first half Friday and wasn't able to overcome a hot-shooting GW bunch.

UMass (24-8) shot 43 percent and was 7-of-24 from outside. The team made five of their outside shots in the final 9:31 during the most successfully part of the comeback effort. UMass was 14-of-18 from the foul line.

Along with Esho, Chaz Williams had 19 points, seven assists and two steals, with Derrick Gordon adding eight points and three steals.

GW (24-7) shot 51 percent and built a 9-point halftime lead on the strength of six 3 pointers. The Colonials had six players in double figures, with Isaiah Armwood and Patricio Garino going for 15 each.

GW led 54-38 with 10 minutes to play when UMass started making outside shots and opening up the floor. A 10-2 run cut the deficit to 56-48 with just over eight minutes remaining.

The margin stayed around eight and nine for the next few possessions before GW used an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach, despite the Minutemen getting to within eight in the final minute.



UMass will now wait until Sunday's NCAA Selection Show to see where it will be playing its first NCAA Tournament game since 1998.

A selection show watch party will be held at Amherst Brewing Company, 10 University Drive in Amherst, beginning at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public.


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