George Washington 83, Massachusetts 67
Records: Massachusetts (13-15, 3-12 A-10) • George Washington (15-13, 7-8 A-10)
Location: Smith Center; Washington, D.C.
- Zach Lewis had 16 first half points – the second-most for Lewis in a single frame this season, behind only the 18 he had in the first half at Ole Miss on Nov. 14.
- Chris Baldwin was the first Minuteman off the bench. He finished the opening half with a team-best six rebounds, including five from the defensive glass. Baldwin ended the game with 10 rebounds, his first collegiate double-digit performance in the category.
- With his three steals, Luwane Pipkins moved into a tie for seventh place on the UMass men's basketball single season steals chart. He is even with Tony Gaffney, who had 61 in 2008-09. Pipkins is already to highest-ranked rookie on the list.
- DeJon Jarreau finished with 12 points as the only additional Minuteman in double-figures alongside Lewis, who had 16 on the game.
- With nine points at George Washington, Donte Clark moved into 25th all-time at UMass in points scored. He enters play against La Salle with 1,217.
- Massachusetts had 12 steals as a team, the sixth game on the season in double-figures and third-such performance in Atlantic 10 play.
The Minutemen worked the ball inside from the opening tip to match pace with George Washington. Chris Baldwin
provided a spark from the bench as the first reserve into the game with six rebounds while Zach Lewis
, another impact bench player, put in 16 points in the frame.
Massachusetts used Lewis' steady hand and nine George Washington turnovers for a 40-38 halftime advantage. Lewis had seven straight Minuteman points to put UMass up 35-29 with two minutes, 54 seconds to go. After a C.J. Anderson
steal to Tyrn Flowers
up-and-under layup forced a Colonials timeout, George Washington collected itself and put in seven consecutive points to force a UMass timeout.
Trailing 38-37 approaching the half, Massachusetts ran a corner play for Donte Clark
, who drained a left side 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining for the halftime margin.
The teams traded offensive punches back-and-forth until the Colonials put together a 18-2 run that ended with a pair of Patrick Steeves free throws with 5:06 to go. Ahead 68-56 following the scoring stretch, George Washington continued its attack and increased its lead to as large as 18 points in the final seconds without allowing the score to move back within 10 points the remainder of the game.
UMass plays its second-to-last home game in the Mullins Center when La Salle visits Western Massachusetts for a Sun., Feb. 26 contest. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on NESN, NESNnational and the American Sports Network (ASN).
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