Williams & Carter Lead #21 Men's Hoops Past BYU 105-96
Dec. 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Chaz Williams posted career-highs with 32 points and a school-record tying 15 assists to lift No. 21/22 Massachusetts past BYU, 105-96, in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase game at the MassMutual Center on Saturday.
Williams made his first five shots and ended the half with 16 points. He was perfect from the foul line on nine attempts and connected on 9-of-14 from the floor, including five 3-pointers.
UMass remained unbeaten on the year and moved to 8-0 for the first time since the 1995-96 season. The eight-game winning streak is the longest under Derek Kellogg and the longest at UMass since the 1997-98 campaign.
The Minutemen had six players in double figures and shot 56 percent, with a season-high nine 3-pointers.
With BYU holding a 8-3 lead four minutes into the game, UMass scored 11-consecutive as part of a larger 22-11 stretch to pull ahead for good. The Minutemen led by 13 late in the half before securing a 52-41 advantage at the break.
The Cougars opened the second half on a 6-0 run but the Minutemen answered and reasserted themselves by eventually claiming a 17-point lead with 5:25 to play.
BYU (7-3) got 25 from Tyler Haws and 23 from Matt Carlino. The Cougars shot 49 percent.
UMass handed out a season-high 29 assists to just 14 turnovers. The game was a sellout with 7,331 in attendance. It was the largest crowd for a UMass game in Springfield since 8,590 saw the Minutemen defeat West Virginia on Jan. 3, 1995 - a span of 12 games over 18 seasons.
UMass will return to action next Saturday, Dec. 14, when it hosts Northern Illinois at the Mullins Center in Amherst. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. Eastern time.
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