– Despite 21 points by both Carl Pierre
and Luwane Pipkins
for UMass, Saint Joseph's was able to use a big second half to get past the Minutemen 85-73 on Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena. Pierre hit five three-pointers in the game to tie the single-season freshman record giving him 71 for the year.
The loss drops UMass to 11-14 overall and 4-8 in the Atlantic 10. The Minutemen will return home on Wednesday, Feb. 14 to host George Washington. Tip-off is slated for 7 PM and the game will be televised on Eleven Sports and NESN Plus.
The Minutemen were led by the 21-point efforts of Pierre and Pipkins. Pierre hit 8-of-15 from the floor and was 5-of-9 from beyond the arc while adding three assists and three rebounds. Pipkins scored 20 for the 14th
time in his career.
continued his strong play of late with 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 39 minutes. The senior hit 5-of-9 from the floor and was a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.
Saint Joseph's (10-14, 5-7 A-10) was led by 22 points from Taylor Funk and 18 points by Chris Clover and James Demery. Shavar Newkirk scored 13 points while adding nine rebounds and seven assists.
UMass opened the game hot from downtown sprinting out to a 12-4 lead in the first four minutes of play thanks to four straight triples. The Hawks used a 7-to-0 run to close the gap and the balance of the opening stanza stayed close. The two teams went into the break tied 41-41.
The second half was more the same over the first nine minutes of play as a three-pointer from Anderson knotted the game 61-61 for the seventh tie of that stretch. The Hawks then began pulling away with a 13-to-4 run taking a 74-65 lead. The Minutemen managed to get back within six, 74-68, at the 6:09 mark, but SJU extended the lead back to double-figures and UMass was unable to recover.
Overall, the Minutemen hit 28-of-62 (45.2%) from the floor including 14 three pointers which were the second most for a game this season. The Hawks shot 46.2 percent (30-of-65) and converted 15-of-20 free throws compared to just 3-of-4 for UMass. SJU also held a 40-to-31 advantage on the boards which resulted in 13 second chance points.
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