St. Bonaventure 60, Massachusetts 56
Records: Massachusetts (14-17, 4-14 A-10) • St. Bonaventure (19-11, 11-7 A-10)
Location: Reilly Center; St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
- Malik Hines led the Minutemen with career highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds. It marked his first collegiate double-double. It was also the sophomore forward's second game with 10 or more points and first with at least 10 rebounds.
- Chris Baldwin, the first forward off the bench, earned a personal best of 10 points via 5-of-7 shooting. It was his first collegiate game with 10 or more points. He added seven rebounds to his stat line.
- Tyrn Flowers shot 3-of-4 and had both of UMass' made 3-point field goals for eight points. Flowers chipped in three assists and a block in 31 minutes.
- Down seven at halftime, the Minutemen erased their deficit and went ahead for the first time with 16:02 to go in the second half. Hines spearheaded the comeback with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting as UMass outscored St. Bonaventure 11-3 to start the half.
- DeJon Jarreau also scored eight alongside Flowers. Jarreau contributed five rebounds, three assists and a steal.
- The Minutemen limited star St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams to 2-of-11 from the field, his worst conversion rate of the season with as many field goal attempts.
Offensive rhythm eluded both sides as St. Bonaventure scrapped to a 15-7 advantage eight minutes, 25 seconds into the game. David Andoh – celebrating his senior day at St. Bonaventure – had six points in the opening two minutes, 34 seconds.
set the tone as the redshirt junior Minuteman drove the hoop on consecutive possessions and absorbed back-to-back St. Bonaventure fouls, the second of which sent Lewis to the line where he sank a pair. On the next trip down the floor, Hines collected one of his 13 rebounds and followed with a two-handed putback dunk that cut the deficit to 15-11.
Neither team locked in as Massachusetts shot 30.0 percent (9-30) and St. Bonaventure hit 32.4 percent (11-34). The Minutemen had the only made 3-pointer, but the Bonnies' 8-of-8 showing at the foul line helped the home side to a 30-23 advantage at the break.
emerged as a leader on both ends of the court early in the second half with eight of the team's opening 11 points during an 11-2 run that forced a St. Bonaventure timeout with 15:53 to go in the game. Shooting 3-of-3 already in the frame, Hines blocked a Denzel Gregg attempt and corralled the loose ball. Hines fed play to C.J. Anderson
, who sent the ball back to Hines at the rim for his fourth consecutive basket and a 34-32 lead that forced the Bonnies into a timeout.
Neither team led by more than five the remainder of the way in a game that featured eight lead changes and four tie games.
Hines gave Massachusetts its final lead of the night, 52-51, with a layup at the 2:51 mark; however, David Andoh hit a jumper on the other end before Jaylen Adams put two in at the foul line for a 56-53 Bonnies advantage with 25 seconds left. St. Bonaventure held its lead with back-to-back successful trips to the foul line by Adams and Matt Mobley.