Balanced Scoring Highlights No. 13 UMass Basketball's 90-52 Win Over Fordham
January 27, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Jan. 26, 2014
In front of a packed house of 9,493 fans at the Mullins Center, the No. 13 UMass basketball caught fire early in the first half en route to a 90-52 win over Fordham on Sunday afternoon. All 11 dressed players scored in what was the Minutemen's largest victory of margin on the season.
The Rams (8-11, 1-5 A-10) started the game by taking a 7-to-0 lead in the first three minutes of play. The Minutemen responded with a commanding 20-to-2 run and never looked back after leading 20-9 with 11:12 left in the first half.
Chaz Williams led all players with 18 points, while Raphiael Putney and Trey Davis each scored 13 points. Maxie Eshorounded out the Minutemen's top scorers with 10 points and six rebounds. Williams posted eight assists in the game, while Davis had a game-high nine.
Fordham was led by 13 points from Chris Whitehead and 12 from Branden Frazier.
UMass (17-2, 4-1 A-10) led 40-24 at halftime and opened the second half with a 17-0 run that proved the backbreaker for the Rams.
Putney opened the run with a three pointer followed by a pair of free throws to start the second half. A Sampson Carterthree pointer followed by a Williams three pointer put UMass up 51-24 just one minute, 43 seconds into the second half and forced a Fordham timeout.
The Minutemen scored another six points before Fordham's Mandell Thomas hit a three pointer at the 15 minute mark to get the Rams back on the board.
The Rams hit just six field goals in the last 13:06 of the game.
The Minutemen shot a blistering 52.4 percent for the game hitting 33-of-63 field goals in the game including 13-of-27 from beyond the arc. Fordham was just 18-of-57 from the floor and 6-of-26 from downtown.
UMass also held 43-to-30 edge in rebounding.