AMHERST, Mass. –
The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team was held to a season-low scoring total as they fell to Saint Louis 66-47 in an Atlantic 10 matchup in the Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon. The Minutemen (10-10 Overall, 3-4 Atlantic 10) were held to 28-percent from the field in the second half as the Billikens (10-10 Overall, 3-4 Atlantic 10) put together a 16-0 scoring run to take control in the final 20 minutes.
UMass never led in the contest as Saint Louis jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before back-to-back Carl Pierre
3-pointers tied it up at 6-6 in the early moments. Luwane Pipkins
knocked down a triple of his own and a connected on a jumper a few minutes later to bring UMass within a point at 12-11 as the Minutemen kept things close early despite of Saint Louis' eight to one rebound advantage. Pipkins finished with a team-leading 17 points while Pierre added 13 on 5-of-11 shooting.
Saint Louis picked up 20 of their first 23 points in the paint as they led by five points at 23-18 with 7:02 remaining in the half on their way to shooting 61-percent in the first and 52-percent on the day.
The Minutemen scored on consecutive possessions to tie the game for the second and final time as Khalea Turner-Morris
scored down low before Pipkins connected on his second 3-pointer of the half to knot it up at 23-23. Saint Louis went on to out-score the Minutemen 15-4 to end the first half as the Billikens shot on 17-of-28 from the field in the first 20 minutes.
UMass cut into the Saint Louis lead early in the second half, trimming the deficit to eight points as the Billikens shot 1-of-7 to open the half while UMass started 5-of-11. Pipkins connected on a shot from deep with 13:10 on the clock before UMass went cold from the field with 12 straight misses while Saint Louis mounted a 16-0 run to pull ahead 62-38 with just under six minutes remaining. Pierre ended the drought at the 5:17 mark with a floater in the lane before following with a late 3-pointer.
scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting and recorded four rebounds and three assists for the Minutemen. Unique McLean
added a team-high seven rebounds while C.J. Anderson
dished out five assists in his return to the starting lineup.
The Minutemen remain in action as they head to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on La Salle on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Tom Gola Arena.
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