Richmond 75, Massachusetts 64
Records: Massachusetts (14-16, 4-13 A-10) • Richmond (18-11, 12-5 A-10)
Location: Mullins Center; Amherst, Mass.
- Luwane Pipkins had a team-high 19 points as the freshman guard shot 7-of-11 overall, 3-for-6 beyond the arc and 2-of-2 at the foul line. It went as his 15th game of the season scoring double-figures and 16th with multiple made 3-point field goals.
- Rashaan Holloway posted 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a 1-of-2 night on free throws. It was his 17th game in double-figures on the year and 10th of the Atlantic 10 Conference slate.
- Brison Gresham totaled a career high of 12 points while the freshman forward and center added eight boards, two blocks, a steal and an assist. Gresham's eight rebounds went as his most since he had nine at Saint Louis. It was also his 10th game with multiple blocks as he had both UMass stuffs.
- Massachusetts shot an even 50.0 percent in both halves with 14 made field goals on 28 attempts in each.
- The UMass reserved poured in 45 points, led by Pipkins and Holloway. Richmond only scored eight from its bench. The Minutemen also held sizable leads in points in the paint, 42-24 and fast break scoring, 10-4.
A 13-2 run gave the Minutemen an eight-point advantage with 11 minutes, 42 seconds to go. The Minutemen spread the ball around during the run with five scorers, led by a pair of DeJon Jarreau
layups and a tradition 3-point play from Zach Lewis
Richmond, which entered the game ranked tied for first in scoring offense and first in field goal percentage during A-10 play, pulled back within one of tying at the break. T.J. Cline's seven points during the spurt helped the Spiders back into the game as Cline drained a 3-pointer and followed with a 4-point play.
Richmond continued its hot shooting after the break and scored the first 10 points of the half. The Spiders shot 65.4 percent overall during the frame, including 77.8 percent from 3-point land, and built their lead to 18 in the process.
A ShawnDre' Jones triple put Richmond ahead by double-digits for the first time at 47-37 with 15:41 to go. Luwane Pipkins
pulled the Minutemen back within five as he connected on a 3-pointer of his own, followed by a layup on a drive to the hoop.
Pipkins again brought UMass within five at the 13:30 mark with another layup, but Richmond answered with a 9-2 run to push the advantage to 58-46 midway through the frame. The Spiders' 7-of-9 finish from beyond the arc kept the Minuteman rally suppressed the remainder of the way.
Head Coach Derek Kellogg
"I'll break it down quick and easy – it was a very good first half. We got a quick lead and we did not close out the half. We gave them a 3-pointer with an and-one and did not execute. We came out in the second half and just didn't score. We really didn't execute off their switching man-to-man defense. The 3s were coming from everywhere, I think they were about 60 percent from three. We just need to do a better job of guarding the three and putting points on the board. That team is a good team. They are very experienced at probably the most important positions. They caught us in some covers, that we had worked on in practice, but we hadn't mastered in the way it ended up being."
UMass closes out the regular season with a trip to St. Bonaventure on Sat., March 4. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on NESNplus, NESNnational and the American Sports Network (ASN).
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