AMHERST, Mass. – C.J. Anderson
posted his first career double-double on Wednesday evening with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds as UMass was defeated by George Washington 83-72 at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen (11-15 Overall, 4-9 A-10) outscored the Colonials (11-15 Overall, 4-9 A-10) 47-40 in the second half, pulling within 10 points late after trailing by as many as 23 midway through the second half.
Anderson's 21 points came on a 9-of-12 showing from the field as the senior guard connected on seven of his first eight attempts from the field.
A cold start for the Minutemen from the field saw George Washington pull ahead by nine with 10:06 left in the first half at 18-9 as UMass shot 3-of-18 from the field to open up play. The Colonials shot 47-percent in the first half after a slow start of their own, but posted 15 second-chance points in the first 20 minutes to take a 43-25 lead into halftime.
knocked down his first 3-point attempt early in the first half to bring his season total to 72, setting a new UMass record for 3-pointers made in a season by a UMass freshman. Pierre passed Pipkins and former Minuteman Anthony Anderson (2001-02), who held the previous mark with 71 made in a season.
reached the 20-point mark for the 13th
time this season as he helped spark a late 13-2 scoring run in the second half. Pipkins connected from behind the arc after a pair of free throws from Carl Pierre
and before a Unique McLean
cut the lead down to 14 and capped off a quick 7-0 scoring run. UMass followed with a pair of threes again after a GW layup as Pipkins and Rayshawn Miller
connected from downtown to bring UMass within 10 points for the first time since the 6:57 left in the first half.
Miller finished with 11 points off the bench for UMass, connecting on 50-percent of his attempts from the field with a 4-of-4 showing from the line for a Minuteman team that shot 84-percent from the stripe on the night.
George Washington went on to make four straight from the free throw line to go along with a dunk to go back ahead by 16 before Anderson converted on a pair at the line while Pipkins hit his fifth 3-pointer of the night to bring the score to a final 83-72. Pipkins finished the night 5-of-10 from deep for a UMass team that shot 6-of-9 from behind the arc in the second half and 48-percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.
Patrick Steeves led George Washington with a team-high 16 points and 12 rebounds for a Colonial squad that finished with five double-digit scorers.
The Minutemen will head back out on the road this weekend when they travel to Davidson, N.C. for a Saturday evening matchup against the Wildcats at 7 p.m.
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