Miami (Ohio) vs Massachusetts

UMass 73, Miami (Ohio) 65 wire reports

AMHERST, Mass. -- No. 23 Massachusetts was outrebounded and committed 16 turnovers. And it still managed to get a win on Saturday night.

So while he was happy with the result, coach Derek Kellogg is looking for more from his Minutemen.

Chaz Williams had 18 points and eight assists, leading Massachusetts to a 73-65 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday night.

''We didn't play with energy across the board,'' Kellogg said. ''We'll have to play better in the conference.''

Maxie Esho added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Minutemen (12-1), who host Saint Joseph's on Wednesday in their Atlantic-10 opener. Cady Lalanne had 12 points and Trey Davis finished with 11.

Williams agreed that something was missing despite the win. ''We're supposed to come out with intensity,'' he said.

Kellogg was particularly unhappy with the Minutemen's 34-27 rebounding deficit.

''To get outrebounded by anybody is not a good thing at this point,'' he said. ''Our bigs are supposed to be our strength.''

Will Felder scored 22 points for Miami (4-7), which went 1 for 14 from 3-point range. Geovonie McKnight had 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Miami coach John Cooper wasn't pleased with his team's 18 turnovers and the poor shooting results from long range. But he did think his team competed well and praised its effort on the boards.

''Last year, they crushed us on the boards,'' he said. ''As for the 3s, I thought a lot of those shots were good looks. We also missed a lot of layups early.''

Davis made two straight 3-pointers to help Massachusetts open a 36-27 lead in the first half. But Felder had a layup at the buzzer as Miami closed to 36-32 at the break.

Felder and McKnight had 10 points apiece in the first half.

The Minutemen used their press to pull away from Miami in the second half. Esho's driving three-point play made it 49-38 with 11:26 left.

Miami scored only six points in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Back-to-back hoops by Oswald got Miami within 51-44 but Williams had a big 3-pointer and a key steal that helped UMass run the lead back out to 61-50 with 3:57 left.

The Minutemen were plagued by turnovers early on, but played solid defense and then began plugging away inside with Lalanne. Williams started to get out on the break and his second three-point play put UMass up 20-12 with 8:43 left in the first half.

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Massachusetts #23 (12-1) «363773
MIAOH:W. Felder 22 Pts
MIAOH:W. Felder 7 Reb
MIAOH:Q. Rollins 9 Ast
UMASS:C. Williams 18 Pts
UMASS:M. Esho 7 Reb
UMASS:C. Williams 8 Ast

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G. McKnight, G387-101-157515
W. Felder, F3410-122-270022
Q. Rollins, G343-81-23947
J. Oswald, F316-120-141412
W. Sullivan, G130-20-01020
W. Moore, G251-120-07212
J. Eustace, G171-30-00103
J. Hawkins, C82-30-01124
B. McLimans, F-CDid Not Play
B. Edwards, FDid Not Play
E. Washington, GDid Not Play
R. Johnson, GDid Not Play
Totals 30-624-628211865
Massachusetts Minutemen
C. Williams, G386-104-628218
C. Lalanne, C305-82-460012
S. Carter, F272-63-43227
D. Gordon, G261-20-02202
R. Putney, F203-80-04228
T. Davis, G274-80-002211
M. Esho, F214-67-974115
T. Bergantino, F-C90-10-02000
C. Santee, G20-00-00110
J. Hinds, GDid Not Play
S. Berger, FDid Not Play
Z. Coleman, FDid Not Play
D. Dyson, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-4916-2326211073
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C. Michigan12-623-970
W. Michigan11-819-14120
E. Michigan9-1021-14140
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Geo. Wash.10-822-1384
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La Salle8-1017-16101
Saint Joes7-1113-18178
George Mason4-149-22222
Saint Louis3-1511-21272
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CINCY 69 Final
IAST 73 Final
TTU 62
WASH 62 Final
MIST 73 Final
IND 56
CONN 65 Final
SMU 74
UM 44 Final
SYR 49
RICH 58 Final
FLA 67
DUKE 77 Final
ND 79
OKST 71 Final
KSU 74
LBSU 59 Final
LOU 83 Final
RUT 76
UOP 64 Final