AMHERST, Mass. – Luwane Pipkins
scored a game-high 20 points to reach the 20-plus scoring mark for the 21st time in his career as the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team held off a pair of late runs from Quinnipiac in a 69-62 win on Wednesday night in the Mullins Center. Curtis Cobb
and Carl Pierre
both finished in double-figures for a Minuteman (5-3 Overall) squad that shot 7-of-13 from deep in the second half.
Both squads came out of the gate slow offensively as the score stood at 9-6 in favor of Quinnipiac (2-3 Overall) over eight minutes into the contest. The Minutemen responded by eventually going on a quick 5-0 to go ahead 17-13 on a Pipkins 3-pointer, outscoring the Bobcats 20-8 to finish out the half after going down by one for the final time on the night. Pipkins finished the night with a 7-of-15 shooting performance while dishing out a game-high seven assists.
UMass heated up from the field shortly after, connecting on 3-of-4 shots during a span that saw the Minutemen go on an 8-0 to build a 29-20 lead. Defensively, UMass held the Bobcats one made field goal in their final 10 attempts of the first half to take a 32-21 lead into the break for halftime. Quinnipiac was held to 24.2-percent from the field in the first 20 minutes while UMass connected on just two of 12 attempts from deep.
It took just 3:16 into the second half for UMass to eclipse their made 3-point field goal mark from the first half as three different Minutemen connected from deep to push the lead to 43-26 with 16:44 remaining. As a team in the final 20 minutes, the Minutemen connected on 7-of-13 from range for nearly a 54-percent clip on their way to finishing the contest with a 48-percent shooting effort from the field.
UMass led by as many as 21 points with 11:16 remaining before Quinnipiac strung together an 8-0 scoring run to pull within nine points just past the six-minute mark. Cobb connected from range for three of his 13 points to end a Minuteman scoring drought with 4:42 left before the Bobcats answered with another 8-0 scoring run late that was ended by a Pipkins' free throw with 19-seconds left as Quinnipiac pulled within seven.
hauled in a tied for career-high 13 rebounds, including 10 in the first half, to lead all players while Pierre connected on 5-of-10 attempts to finish with 12 points. In addition to his 13 points, Cobb pulled down eight rebounds while Jonathan Laurent
picked up nine boards to go along with seven points.
The Minutemen will remain home in the Mullins Center to take on Holy Cross on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. before heading out on the road for their first true road game on Friday, Dec. 7 at Providence.
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