Davidson 79, Massachusetts 74
Records: Massachusetts (13-14, 3-11 A-10) • Davidson (14-11, 7-7 A-10)
Location: Mullins Center; Amherst, Mass.
- DeJon Jarreau led UMass with 18 points to go along with nine rebounds. It is Jarreau's second near double-double of the season, alongside his 15-point, nine-assist game at Rhode Island. Jarreau finished 7-for-11 overall and 2-of-4 on free throws against the Wildcats.
- Seth Berger had a season-best 16 points as the redshirt junior forward shot 6-of-11 overall and 2-for-2 at the foul line. He added three assists and two steals without a turnover in 21 minutes.
- Donte Clark also scored 16 points and added a game-best seven assists, which reset his season-high for the category.
- Rashaan Holloway set a personal best with 13 rebounds, including 10 grabbed off of the defensive glass. It also went as the most boards for one Minuteman on the season.
- Luwane Pipkins moved into a tie for the ninth-most steals in a single-season in team history with three against Davidson. Pipkins enters the contest at George Washington with 58 on the year, even with Shannon Crooks' performance over the 1999-2000 season. Pipkins already owns the most steals by a UMass rookie in program history.
Davidson used its range to go up by as much as 12 points in the frame, led by Jack Gibbs' 24 scored (8-12 FG, 6-8 3FG). The Minutemen climbed back into contention via eight straight points, capped by a Donte Clark
layup counted after basket interference on Davidson. Clark had a pair of buckets during the run while C.J. Anderson
and Rashaan Holloway
also scored at the rim to bring Massachusetts within 25-21 at the 6-minute, 39-second mark.
Massachusetts fought all the way back to even three minutes later, but Gibbs responded for Davidson with two of his six first half 3-point makes as the Wildcats moved back in front, 34-28 and held the lead into the half.
A Zach Lewis
3-pointer made it a 49-46 game in favor of Davidson with 12:52 to play, but the Wildcats followed with 10 of the next 12 points to bump the advantage to 59-48 at the 8:25 mark. Davidson kept hold of the double-digit lead approaching the final horn, but the Minutemen furiously attempted to rally over the final two-and-a-half minutes.
A Luwane Pipkins
steal-and-layup series started a 7-0 UMass run that sliced the deficit to four with exactly one minute to go. After Davidson increased its lead to seven over two trips to the foul line, Pipkins drained a triple to make it 74-70 with 28 seconds to play. The Minutemen were able to pull to within three after Berger's final points came via two free throws with six seconds left, but the Massachusetts comeback ran out of time.
UMass takes to the road for a game at George Washington on Thurs., Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on NESN, NESN National and the American Sports Network (ASN).
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