Saint Louis 74, Massachusetts 70
Records: Massachusetts (12-9, 2-6 A-10) • Saint Louis (6-14, 2-6 A-10)
Location: Chaifetz Arena; St. Louis, Mo.
- DeJon Jarreau led the Minutemen with 17 points – all scored in the second half – as the freshman point guard shot 7-for-10 overall and 3-of-5 at the foul line. He added a career-high four steals.
- Zach Lewis totaled 14 points on the strength of a 10-for-12 showing at the foul line.
- Brison Gresham nearly reached a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. He also earned a personal-best four blocks – all four stuffs by the Minutemen in the game.
- The Minutemen swiped the ball from the Billikens 10 times – the seventh game on the year for UMass in double-digits for steals.
- Massachusetts outscored Saint Louis in the paint, 38-14. The Minutemen were 20-for-31 on attempts inside the 3-point arc (64.5 percent), with 16 of those makes coming on layups or dunks.
Saint Louis opened up an 18-point lead with five minutes, 54 seconds to go as the Billikens found their shooting sync immediately after tipoff and ended the half 16-of-18 at the foul line (88.9 percent). However, Massachusetts closed the frame on a 17-6 run to move back within nine at halftime. Brison Gresham
led the Minutemen with seven points, six rebounds and two blocks in the half while Zach Lewis
and Donte Clark
scored six apiece.
Massachusetts pulled within three points of tying but was unable to overcome its sizable deficit as Saint Louis was awarded the most free throw attempts by a UMass opponent in the history of the Minuteman program with 55 on the game. The Billikens, who debuted a new mascot during halftime, made 39 foul shots on the game, including 23 in the decisive second half, to offset DeJon Jarreau's
17 second half points.
brought Massachusetts within three points of tying, 40-37, with 16:40 to go in the game with a long-range 3-pointer followed by a old school 3-point play. However, Saint Louis responded with eight of the next 10 points pushed back for a 48-39 margin with 13:10 to go.
UMass again knocked the deficit down to three points on two occasions in the final minute of play via a C.J. Anderson
NBA-range 3-pointer with 15 seconds to go and a Jarreau layup one possession later, but Saint Louis' free throw conversions kept Saint Louis in front.
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Massachusetts returns to the Mullins Center next with a Sat., Jan. 28 game against George Mason at 1 p.m.