Fordham 71, Massachusetts 68
Records: Massachusetts (12-8, 2-5 A-10) • Fordham (9-11, 3-4 A-10)
Location: Mullins Center; Amherst, Mass.
- Donte Clark led the Minutemen with 17 points and eight rebounds. He shot 5-for-10 overall and was 6-of-7 at the foul line.
- Luwane Pipkins finished with 11 points, four assists and three steals while Rashaan Holloway had 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-5 FT), seven rebounds and two blocks.
- The Minutemen shot 51.1 percent (24-47) as a team. Massachusetts was 12-for-22 in the first half (54.5 percent) and went 12-for-25 in the second frame (48.0 percent).
- DeJon Jarreau tied a career high with nine assists and added eight points, three steals and two blocks.
- The Minutemen trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half (33-21; 4:59) but erased that deficit in the second half with nearly 13 minutes to go.
The Minutemen put in a higher percentage of their shots but Fordham off-set that accuracy through its volume of attempts as UMass hit 12 of its 22 field goals (54.5 percent) while the Rams were 16-of-33 (48.5 percent). UMass balanced its scoring across eight players while Christian Sengfelder (12 points) and Javontae Hawkins (10) paced Fordham.
A 10-0 scoring run for the Rams staked the visitors to a 17-10 lead, which the team did not relinquish the remainder of the half. The Minutemen were able to cut back within one basket of tying at 37-35 in the final two minutes via a 14-4 run, but the Rams put in the final five points of the half for a 42-35 advantage.
Massachusetts eroded the seven-point deficit with continued balance on attack and vaulted back in front with a 12-4 scoring run that turned a 46-39 disadvantage into a 51-50 margin. The lead shifted between UMass and Fordham until the Rams went ahead for good with 6:28 to play. Fordham was unable to pull away however, as the Minutemen pulled back within one on two occasions in the final three minutes.
The Minutemen were within one of tying, 67-66 in the final 60 seconds when a contested play at the hoop as the shot clock expired forced the officials to the monitor to review and interpret the inconclusive play. The officiating team decided to count a basket for Fordham, which posted the visitors to a 69-66 advantage.
UMass again cut it to one point following a pair of Clark free throws with 42 seconds to go and had a chance at the last possession under the Fordham basket. Jarreau attempted to feed Holloway near the rim, but Holloway was unable to cleanly field the inbounds pass through Fordham's defense.
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Massachusetts gets back on the road for its next contest, a Wed., Jan. 25 game at Saint Louis at 7 p.m.