AMHERST, Mass. – Rashaan Holloway
led both sides with 21 points and Luwane Pipkins
added 14 points with a program record-tying eight steals as the University of Massachusetts men's basketball program opened the 2016-17 campaign with a 90-76 victory over UMass Lowell on Fri., Nov. 11.
Pipkins, playing in his first collegiate game, added four rebounds and three assists with only one turnover in 31 minutes. Holloway grabbed four boards and blocked three UMass Lowell shots. Donte Clark
notched 14 points as well and was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine, all on the defensive end. Tyrn Flowers
marked the fourth Minuteman in double-figures as the freshman forward finished with 11 - all scored in the second half - along with seven rebounds.
Massachusetts led for more than 36 minutes but was unable to create separation until the later stages of the opening half.
Ahead by just one point following a Matt Harris 3-pointer with six minutes, 22 second to go in the opening stanza, the Minutemen worked the ball into Holloway in the paint and hit their free throws as the slim advantage ballooned to 13 less than five minutes later.
opened the run with a pair of made free throws at the 6:13 mark as the Maroon and White connected on 10 of their next 12 from the foul line. The line basket in the 12-point run came on a Holloway layup that posted UMass to a 39-30 advantage with 4:09 to go.
Ahead by 11 at the break, 48-37, the Minutemen continued their domination of the paint in the second half, an area of the court Massachusetts outscored UMass Lowell by 20 points (44-24).
The lead swelled to 20 for the first time with 14:50 to go as Clark knocked down a jumper and grew to as much as 26. Flowers spread the court with all 11 of his points in the frame, including a 3-for-5 finish from beyond the arc during the second half alone. Inside, the Minutemen converted on 12-of-22 attempts (54.5 percent) to offset UMass Lowell's offense in the frame.
The Maroon and White head to Ole Miss on Mon., Nov. 14 for their first road trip of the year. The game in Oxford, Mississippi, will be broadcast live on the SEC Network beginning at 7 p.m.
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