OLEAN, N.Y. – Malik Hines
scored a career-high 16 points on Saturday afternoon as the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team fell to St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 opener 98-78 at the Reilly Center. The Minutemen (7-7 Overall, 0-1 Atlantic 10) had four players score in double-figures for the fifth time this season as Luwane Pipkins
led the way with a team-high 17 points to reach double-digit scoring for the seventh straight game and 12th
time this season.
St. Bonaventure (11-2 Overall, 1-0 Atlantic 10) used a pair of scoring runs to build a 23-10 lead over the Minutemen as they strung together an 11-0 run on four straight made field goals in the early going to go up 11-2. The Bonnies extended their lead to 13 points with 11:58 remaining before UMass rallied with a scoring run of their own to tie things up moments later.
The Minutemen turned defense into offense during their 13-0 run that saw UMass tie the game up at 23-23, forcing four of St. Bonaventure's five first-half turnovers during the span. Unique McLean
had a pair of dunks in the midst of the scoring run, including one that tied up the game with 7:19 remaining. UMass scored 24 of their 38 first-half points in the paint and finished with 42 in the contest.
gave the Minutemen their first lead since 2-0 with a breakaway dunk off the assist from Rayshawn Miller
to go ahead 25-24 with 6:20 left in the first half. Anderson, the UMass assist leader on the season, had six points to go along with four rebounds and three assists in the first half before finishing the night with 11 points, eight boards and five assists.
St. Bonaventure used a 3-point barrage to retake control in the first half as Jaylen Adams knocked down a pair from deep while Matt Mobley added one during a quick 9-0 run where the Bonnies jumped ahead 45-33 with 1:55 left. The Bonnies shot 8-of-11 from deep in the opening half and shot over 50-percent from the field led by 16 from Mobley and 15 from Adams in the first 20 minutes. Adams finished with a game-high 32 points while Mobley pitched in 28 for a Bonnies squad that shot 53-percent on the day.
Miller connected on the third triple for UMass late in the frame to cut the deficit down to single-digits with under a minute left as Bonnies led 47-38 heading into the break. The Minutemen finished the game 8-of-23 from downtown with a 46-percent showing from the field.
The Bonnies extended their lead back to double-digits before Hines helped cap off a quick 6-0 UMass run with a pair of free throws to bring the Minutemen back within five points at 49-44. A Pipkins 3-pointer with 16:16 left cut St. Bonaventure's lead down to nine once again, but the Minutemen went without a field goal for almost the next six minutes as the Bonnies went ahead 70-48 prior to a Chris Baldwin
triple that broke the drought with 10:46 remaining.
Hines reached his career-high point total late in the second half with a few buckets down low, including a layup and a pair of free throws to give him 16 points while trimming the St. Bonaventure lead back down below 20 points. Hines finished the day 6-of-7 from the field while adding seven rebounds.
added 10 points to reach double-figures for the second consecutive game and for the fourth time in the last five contests on 4-of-5 from the field while Carl Pierre
scored seven in his second straight start.
The Minutemen return home to the Mullins Center for their first league contest on their home floor as they are set to take on George Mason on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
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