Balanced Scoring Leads To 80-54 Win For Men's Hoops Over Northern Illinois
Dec. 14, 2013
A fast start and five players in double figure scoring paced the No. 22/20 UMass basketball team to an 80-54 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen improved to 9-0 on the season and will head to Ohio on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 PM.
Cady Lalanne scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks as one of five players to reach double figures. Raphiael Putney and Clyde Santee each had 13 points, while Chaz Williams and Maxie Esho each scored 12 on the day. Esho added seven rebounds, while Williams had seven assists.
Northern Illinois (3-5) was led by Dontel Highsmith who had 10 points and four rebounds. Pete Rakocevic added nine points as the Huskies shot 37 percent from the floor (20-of-54).
The Minutemen finished the game hitting 50 percent of their shots on 29-of-58 from the floor which included nine three pointers. The 29 made field goals came on an efficient 22 assists.
UMass jumped out to an early 11-2 lead to start the opening stanza and never looked back. The Minutemen went into halftime up 40-28 thanks in part to 13 points from both Lalanne and Putney. Williams was held to just three points in the first half, but did have five assists including two highlight reel alley-oop tosses to Putney.
Lalanne scored nine of his points consecutively for the Minutemen in a span of 85 seconds putting UMass up 33-19 with 5:04 left in the first half.
The Huskies managed to pull within single-digits two more times in the opening half, but Williams' three pointer with 51 seconds to go gave the Minutemen a 12 point lead at the break.
The second half was marked by a sloppy start for both teams with UMass leading 43-33 after five minutes of play. The two squads combined for four missed shots, six turnovers and seven fouls after the intermission.
UMass hit four-of-six free throws and a Trey Davis three-pointer expanded the Minutemen's lead to 50-35 with 13:33 remaining.
A 13-to-4 run after that sparked by another Williams three-pointer and capped by an Esho alley-oop (one of four for the Minutemen in the game) put the Minutemen up 65-42 at the 7:31 mark of the second half.
Fans were treated to a spectacle in the final minutes of the game as Santee came in at the 5:04 mark and promptly scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting including a pair of three-pointers.