AMHERST, Mass. –
The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team shot 67-percent from the field and 53-percent from range on their way to a 104-75 win over New Hampshire on Friday night in the Mullins Center. The Minutemen (2-0 Overall) were led offensively by Rashaan Holloway's
game-high 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting while four other players reached double-digits in the scoring column on their way to scoring 100 points for the second time under Matt McCall
chipped in 14 points on just five shot attempts to go along with seven assists in the contest, helping the Minutemen push out to a 12-point lead in the early going as the junior dropped in 10 of the first 16 UMass points while the defense forced the Wildcats (1-1 Overall) into three early turnovers.
added 12 points on 3-of-3 from range, including a triple to put the Minutemen ahead 23-9 on the third UMass three up to that point as the guard put in 11 first half points. UMass continued to extend their lead throughout the first half, going ahead 29-12 with 8:47 on Holloway's fifth made field goal in six attempts.
The Minutemen hovered around the 70-percent shooting mark for most of the first half, going ahead 52-28 with 42-seconds left in the first half on a Cobb triple before ending the opening 20 minutes with a 65.5-percent clip from the field while outrebounding the Wildcats 17-10 to take a 56-29 lead into the locker room for halftime.
UMass followed with a 68-percent showing from the field in the second half to help give the Minutemen their first game shooting over 60-percent from the field since a 2006 matchup against Dartmouth. The home squad took advantage from the charity stripe as well as they converted on 26-of-32 attempts.
led a UMass bench that combined for 43 points on the night as the freshman finished with 11 to go along with a game-high eight assists. Fellow freshman Sy Chatman
went 4-of-4 from the floor for 10 points while Kieran Hayward
added nine points on three made 3-pointers as the UMass lead eventually bloomed to 36 points with 7:52 remaining.
The Minutemen will remain at home in the Mullins Center as they host in-state foe Harvard in game three of a five-game homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
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