Dukes Fall at UMass, 79-66
Jan. 17, 2013
AMHERST, MASS. - Chaz Williams scored 22 points and handed out nine assists to lead Massachusetts to a 79-66 win over Duquesne at Mullins Center.
The win was the ninth in 10 games for the Minutemen (12-4, 2-1). The loss was the fifth in a row for the Dukes who were led by Sean Johnson's career-high 29 points.
UMass which led by 17 late in the first half, saw the Dukes pull within three on three occasions in the second half before closing the game with a 14-4 run.
"This is a really good UMass team," said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry. "You can't put yourself in a hole like that and come back to win. It was a tale of two halves. We played terrible in the first half and played with composure in the second."
There were four ties and five lead changes before UMass took a 17-15 lead on a Williams 3-pointer with 10:25 left. The Minutemen extended the lead to 34-23 on back-to-back dunks by Cady Lalanne and Maxie Esho before Williams added two more 3-pointers and a pair of free throws in just over two minutes to up the lead to 17 with five seconds left. Derrick Colter hit a 3-pointer at the first half horn to make it 44-30.
UMass outscored the Dukes 13-2 off turnovers in building their halftime lead.
Johnson scored 14 in the first 4:10 of the second half - the last four coming on a four-point play - that pulled the Dukes within five at 51-46 with 15:50 left.
The Dukes got within three on three occasions, the last on a Derrick Colter layup that made it 65-62 with 7:12 left. UMass answered with five straight to take a 70-62 lead on Freddie Riley's fourth 3-pointer of the game with 6:16 left. The Riley bucket was part the a game-ending 14-4 run for the Minutemen.
Jeremiah Jones' jumper with just over five minutes left was DU's lone field goal in the last seven minutes.
"We cut it to three and just kind of ran out of steam," said Ferry. "Every game is a learning experience for us."
Colter finished with 14 points and six assists for Duquesne.
Vinson finished with 17 and Riley and Lalanne had 12 each for UMass.
Duquesne returns home to face No. 22 (AP) VCU on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.
The last time Duquesne opened Atlantic 10 play 0-3 was in 2009-10, when the Dukes started 0-4 on the way to a 7-9 A-10 finish ... DU's five-game losing streak is its longest since 2009-10 (also five in a row) ... DU's road record dropped to 1-7.
With his career high 29 points, Sean Johnson passed John Moore (1,122 from 1977-79, `81) and moved into a tie with Effrem Whitehead (1,141 points from 1991-94) for the No. 27 spot on DU's all-time scoring list ... Johnson has 1,141 points in 110 games ... Johnson's previous career best was 25 against Tennessee Tech last season.
Freshman Derrick Colter extended his streak of double digit scoring games to nine.
The Dukes turned it over just three times in the second half.
Andre Marhold led the Dukes with nine rebounds in 22 minutes ... DU was outrebounded 39-35 and outscored 18-9 in second chance points.