La Salle 88, Massachusetts 78
Records: Massachusetts (12-11, 2-8 A-10) • La Salle (12-8, 6-3 A-10)
Location: Tom Gola Arena; Philadelphia, Pa.
- Rashaan Holloway shot 6-for-11 overall and 7-of-9 at the foul line for 19 points, his 14th game in double-digits. He had 11 consecutive UMass points in the second half from the 9:03 mark to 5:38 remained.
- Donte Clark scored and facilitated the offense to the tune of 12 points and six assists. It was his 16th game scoring double-digits on the year and fourth with five or more assists.
- With his 12 points, Donte Clark moved into 34th place all-time at UMass for points scored with 1,129. He surpassed Mike Williams (1,122) and Gary Forbes (1,128) at La Salle.
- DeJon Jarreau scored the team's opening five points and finished with 12 at La Salle. It was his 10th game in double-digits this season. He added a team-high eight rebounds.
- With 10 made 3-pointers, the Minutemen secured $347.50 in pledged donations for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge.
Massachusetts earned a five-point halftime advantage as the Minutemen shot 55.6 percent overall (15-of-27), including 50.0 percent on 3-pointers (5-of-10). Luwane Pipkins
had a team-best nine points in the frame on a trio of 3-point makes.
An 20-8 run in the middle of the half helped Massachusetts to a seven-point lead for the first time in the half at 26-19. The Minutemen went ahead by as many as eight in the frame – on Pipkins' triple at the 1:21 mark – but B.J. Johnson answered for La Salle on the other end to make it a five-point game at the break.
La Salle used a 10-2 run to vault in front, 57-50, via a 4-of-4 showing at the foul line and a pair of Johnson 3-pointers. The home squad extended their advantage to as much as 15 points as the Explorers shot 59.1 percent in the half (13-of-22), including 62.5 percent from long distance (5-of-8).
kept the Minutemen within striking distance with 14 second half points on 4-for-7 shooting and a 6-of-7 finish at the foul line. He scored 11 consecutive UMass points, which ended with a pair of free throws at the 5:38 mark that made it a 74-68 La Salle lead. However, the Explorers followed with back-to-back scoring possessions to put the game out of reach.
Massachusetts has the weekend off and next faces rival Rhode Island at home in the Mullins Center on Tues., Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
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