Esho's Double-Double Powers No. 22/20 UMass To 83-71 Road Win Over Ohio
Dec. 18, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Maxie Esho registered his first career double-double with game-highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 22/20 Massachusetts past Ohio, 83-71, at the Convocation Center Wednesday.
Esho continued his strong play of late that has seen the junior post three-consecutive double-figure games for the first time in his career. His 10 boards tied his career high. He is the sixth different player to lead the Minutemen in scoring this season
UMass, which improved to 10-0 for the fourth time in school history, shot a season-best 61.5 percent from the floor and was 9-of-14 from outside. Over the past three games, the Minutemen have shot 56 percent overall and 48 percent on 3-point field goals.
UMass had runs of 6-0, 7-0 and 8-0 at various points in the first half en route to a 43-34 lead. The Minutemen shot 66 percent
Ohio trimmed the margin to six points four minutes in the second half, but UMass responded with a 9-0 run to stretch the lead to a comfortable 62-47 score with 13:09 to play. It only got below 10 once and was at 19 with 2:28 remaining.
Ohio (7-3) lost for just the fourth time in its last 48 home games. The Bobcats were led by Maurice Ndour who had 16 points, six rebounds , four assists and two blocks. Nick Kellogg had 12 after playing just eight minutes in the first half with a pair of fouls.
UMass will return to play when it travels to Florida to face Florida State (7-3) in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on Saturday. The game is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.