AMHERST, Mass. – Curtis Cobb
dropped in a game-high 17 points while Luwane Pipkins
recorded his second double-double of the year as UMass closed out a five-game season-opening homestand with a 92-60 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night in the Mullins Center. Pipkins' double-double came by way of a 10 rebound and career-high 11 assist performance for the Minutemen (3-2 Overall) as four-of-five starters finished in double-figures.
Cobb dropped in a new UMass career-high on 6-of-7 shooting from the field to go along with a 4-of-5 effort from range. As a team, the Minutemen finished the night shooting 54-percent from the field after a 20-of-31 showing from the field in the second half brought the shooting percentage up from 43.8-percent in the first half. The game marked the third double-digit scoring effort from the redshirt-junior transfer, who has scored 10 or more in all three UMass victories.
UMass used a pair of early 7-0 scoring runs to jump ahead to a 17-7 lead in the early moments of the contest after a Carl Pierre
triple pushed the lead to double-digits for the first time. Pierre kept it going offensively as he finished the first half with 10 points on his way to 16 on the game, including a pull-up jumper at the 11:01 mark to extend the lead to 14 at 23-9. The double-digit effort marked the 22nd time in Pierre's career that the sophomore has scored 10 or more.
After Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-4 Overall) used back-to-back scores from Martaveous McKnight, who led all scorers with 27 points, the Minutemen bounced back with an 11-0 scoring run that was capped off by a pair of Jonathan Laurent
free throws to bring the count to 37-18. UMass shot 11-of-13 from the line in the first half while Laurent went on to score 12 points on 4-of-4 from the line.
The Minutemen finished the night with 22 team assists led by Pipkins' 11 as they assisted on 10-of-14 made baskets in the first before continuing the trend with 10 straight assisted buckets to open up the second half as the lead ballooned to 26 on a Laurent jumper from the free throw line.
needed just seven attempts from the field to reach double-figures for the 32nd time in his career, connecting on five shot attempts for 11 points to go along with four rebounds, two blocks and two steals. The Minuteman bench got solid production with 31 bench points led by eight each from Khalea Turner-Morris
and Keon Clergeot
while Samba Diallo
hauled in seven boards.
The Minutemen will head to Las Vegas, Nev. for a Thursday afternoon matchup against Southern Illinois beginning 1:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
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