– Luwane Pipkins
scored 31 points and a late run pulled the Minutemen out of a double-figure deficit, but second-place Davidson held off the UMass basketball team 83-78 on Saturday night at Belk Arena.
The Minutemen (11-16, 4-10 A-10) will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 21 to host VCU at the Mullins Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 PM and the game will be televised on Eleven Sports and NESN Plus.
Along with his 31 points, Pipkins added nine assists and four rebounds. Malik Hines
was just shy of a career-high with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting while hauling in six rebounds. Carl Pierre
rounded out the top scorers for the Minutemen with 15 points on the strength of four three-pointers.
Davidson (15-10, 10-4 A-10) was led by a game-high and career-high 38 points by Peyton Aldridge who also had 14 rebounds. Kellen Grady and Will Magarity rounded out the top scorers with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
UMass trailed by just five points at halftime thanks to 17 points from Pipkins and 10 points from Hines. The duo helped the Minutemen jump out to a strong start before weathering a 13-to-4 run by Davidson late in the half that gave the Wildcats the lead.
The second half saw UMass fight back to tie the score 47-47 on Pipkins' fourth three-pointer of the game. The Wildcats answered with a 9-to-1 run capped by a Gudmundsson three-pointer at the 11:16 mark putting Davidson up 56-48.
UMass cut the lead to six twice after that, but a 10-to-3 run by Davidson pushed the Wildcats back ahead by double figures, 68-55, after a Grady three-pointer at the 7:34 mark.
The Minutemen continued to fight back in the balance of the half cutting the deficit to seven, 77-70, after a Hines three-point play with 1:15 to go. Back-to-back threes from Pipkins and Pierre pulled UMass within four points with five seconds to go. Aldridge hit 1-of-2 free throws on the ensuing possession for the Wildcats, but UMass was unable to get a shot off in the final 4.6 seconds of play to get any closer.
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