No. 21/22 UMass Remains Unbeaten With 69-57 Road Win Over Eastern Michigan
Dec. 3, 2013
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Raphiael Putney had 15 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 21/22 Massachusetts defeated Eastern Michigan, 69-57, in its first game as a ranked team in 15 seasons.
Putney sparked a game-ending 18-9 run with a highlight-reel slam on an alley-oop from Chaz Williams. The Minutemen scored on eight of nine possessions down the stretch and held the Eagles to 25 percent shooting in the second half.
UMass (7-0) shot 43 percent from the floor and outscored EMU 38-22 in the paint. It marked the ninth-consecutive non-conference road victory for the Minutemen.
Trey Davis came off the bench to score a season-high 13 points with a pair of 3-pointers. Williams had 12 points and eight assists, while Cady Lalanne registered his fifth double-double of the year with 12 and 12.
Lalanne and Putney played the entire second half and combined for 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 12 boards and four blocks. UMass had a season-high nine blocks.
EMU (5-2) dropped its second-straight and first in six home games. The Eagle came out on fire, shooting 58 percent in the opening 30 minutes to take a 35-31 lead into the locker room. But they were just 8-of-32 after the break and missed 11 free throws in the game.
Karrington Ward and Daylen Harrison each had 11 for the Eagles. Da'Shonte Riley finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Eastern got out to a 5-1 advantage before UMass scored six-consecutive to take its first lead of the game. Williams finished the run with a fast break layup that put the Minutemen ahead 8-5.
UMass was leading 15-13 with just over 12 minutes to play when it suffered a four minute scoring drought. During that time, EMU regained the lead with a pair of buckets by Mike Talley.
The Eagles extended the margin to as many as seven in the last two minutes before a Putney three from the corner beat the buzzer and cut the deficit to 35-31.
UMass opened the second half on a 9-2 run to go in front 40-37. The Eagles took their final lead, 42-40, on a Jalen Ross jumper with13:51 to play. Putney followed with his second triple of the contest to put the Minutemen ahead for good with 13:27 on the clock.
UMass will return home for a contest against BYU in Springfield, Mass. on Saturday. Tip off at the MassMutual Center is set for 1:30 p.m.
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