KINGSTON, R.I. –
Rhode Island used a pair of double-digit scoring runs in the first half to defeat the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team 73-51 on Wednesday evening at the Ryan Center, including a 10-0 run to end the first half after the Minutemen pulled within 10 points with a scoring run of their own late in the opening period. The Minutemen (10-9 Overall, 3-3 A-10) were led in scoring by Luwane Pipkins
' 13 points while C.J. Anderson
pitched in 10 points off the bench.
The pair of double-digit scoring runs to allowed the Rams (16-3 Overall, 6-0 A-10) to grab a 40-20 halftime lead as the home squad shot over 70-percent from the field in the early moments of the contest to pull ahead 20-6 on an 11-0 run. Jared Terrell had 10 of the first 20 points for the Rams, who eventually pulled ahead by 16 points at 24-8. Terrell finished with a game-high 24 points while Stanford Robinson added 17 and 12 rebounds.
The Minutemen responded by outscoring the Rams 10-4 after trailing by 16, beginning with a Rayshawn Miller
triple before Carl Pierre
converted on a pair of free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempts to bring UMass with 11. Anderson converted from deep with 5:35 remaining in the opening half followed by a Unique McLean
offensive rebound and layup to pull the Minutemen within 10 at 28-18. McLean finished with seven points to go along with six rebounds and two steals.
Rhode Island answered with their second double-digit scoring run of the half, this a 10-0 run to go up 38-18 with just under a minute remaining in the half. The Rams shot 50-percent from the field in the opening half after the hot start while the Minutemen converted on just under 22-percent of their attempts in the first.
UMass came out and connected on their first four shots from the field in the second half, beginning with a Pipkins 3-pointer just moments in and followed by a McLean reverse alley-oop dunk off the dish from Pipkins to bring UMass within 15 points at 40-25. Anderson followed with a 3-pointer of his own before Carl Pierre
converted the and-one with 17:14 remaining to keep the Minutemen within 14 points. The Minutemen shot an improved 44-percent from the field in the final 20-minutes on 12-of-27 from the field while holding the Rams to 10-of-28.
Anderson and McLean scored five quick points for the Minutemen with just under 10-minutes remaining to bring UMass within 14 points once again as the Rams missed seven straight shots from the field after building their lead back to 17 points.
finished with a team-leading seven boards for the Minutemen, including four on the offensive end for a UMass team that had 14 on the night to go along with his six points.
UMass returns home on Saturday, Jan. 20 to take on Saint Louis at 2 p.m. on Alumni Day in the Mullins Center. Marcus Camby will be honored and 3,000 Camby rookie cards and a limited number of throwback jersey t-shirts will be given away to the first fans in attendance.
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