Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Chaz Williams finished with just six
points, but he connected on the game-winning layup with eight seconds left to
lift the Massachusetts Minutemen to a 61-60 triumph over the La Salle
Explorers in Atlantic 10 Conference action at Tom Gola Arena.
Raphiael Putney led the way with 17 points for UMass (14-5, 4-2 A-10), which
has won four of its last five games. Maxie Esho (11 points) and Cady Lalanne
(nine points, 10 rebounds) were both solid from off the bench.
For La Salle (14-6, 4-3), Jerrell Wright and Ramon Galloway each scored 16
points, while Tyreek Duren netted 10 points. Galloway also dished out six
assists for the Explorers, who won back-to-back games over ranked foes Butler
and VCU last week.
UMass shot 15-of-32 from the field in the first half as it took a 33-27 lead
into intermission. La Salle was 11-of-26 from the field in the opening 20
The Minutemen led by as many as nine in the second half, but the Explorers
battled back to take a 51-50 lead with 8:03 to play on a Steve Zack bucket.
The teams exchanged several leads in the ensuing minutes until La Salle went
back up by one, 60-59, with 38 seconds to play on a Duren layup. Williams
answered for UMass on its final possession, and on La Salle's last gasp,
Putney blocked a Wright shot at the buzzer to seal the win for the Minutemen.
UMass won the rebounding battle, 37-35.
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