Williams Leads UMass Past Northeastern, 83-67
Nov. 14, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - Redshirt sophomore Chaz Williams recorded his first double-double, tying career-highs with 20 points and 10 assists to lead UMass (2-0) to a 83-67 victory over Northeastern (1-1) on Monday night at the Mullins Center. Terrell Vinson (14) and Sampson Carter (12) each reached double-figures for the second game in a row.
Williams, a transfer from Hofstra playing just his second game in a Minuteman uniform, fueled a strong UMass second half scoring 15 of his 20 points.
A 3-pointer by NU's Joel Smith pulled the Huskies within six, 57-51 with 10:28 to go, but Williams took over for the Minutemen over a two-minute stretch, feeding Freddie Riley on the break for a lay-up, and then scoring on back-to-back lay-ups of his own to make it 65-51 lead with 7:38 left.
After leading by 12, 40-28 at the half, UMass built its lead to as much as 17 with 13:38 to go, 55-38, but Northeastern used a 10-0 run in just 59 seconds to pull within seven, 55-48 with 11:38 to go. Jonathan Lee and Joel Smith combined to score all 10 points in the run.
The Minutemen took control of the game early in the first half when they went on a 14-0 run over 5:08, started by a Sean Carter dunk and capped off with a pretty alley-oop from Javorn Farrell to Maxie Esho to make it a 19-4 game with 11:14 left in the half.
The Huskies chipped away, drawing within nine points with 3:05 left in the half, but UMass used three steals, two by Sampson Carter, to score seven transition points in the final two minutes and take a 40-28 lead into halftime.
Vinson led the way in the first half with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting while Williams racked seven assists.
The Minutemen conclude their season-opening three-game homestand on Thursday when they host NJIT in a 7 p.m. start at the Mullins Center.
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