Malik Hines
51
UMass UMASS 10-9, 3-3 A-10
73
Rhode Island URI 14-3, 6-0 A-10
Score By Periods
Team 1 2 F
UMass UMASS 20 31 51
Rhode Island URI 40 33 73

Game Recap: Men's Basketball |

Hot Shooting First Half Leads Rhode Island Past Men’s Hoops, 73-51

UMass was led in scoring by Luwane Pipkins with 13 and C.J. Anderson with 10.

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.
 
Malik Hines 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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