AMHERST, Mass. – The College of Massachusetts males’s basketball crew dropped a 78-77 determination to La Salle on Wednesday evening on the Mullins Heart (2,853). The Minutemen had an opportunity to win it on the final possession of the sport however in the end fell to 1-3 in Atlantic 10 play (10-6 Total).
It was a sport outlined by two halves, with the Minutemen outscoring the Explorers 44-38 within the first half however La Salle responded with 40 factors within the second half to UMass’ 33.
For Massachusetts, senior guard Noah Fernandes had a team-high 15 factors with 5 assists, whereas a freshman guard RJ Luis added 14 factors.
UMass opened the sport with an 8-2 run, together with a pair of Fernandes baskets and a Matt Cross three factors.
Brandon Martin maintained the lead within the first half by six factors, 30-24, when he linked on a reverse layup with seven minutes left within the half.
Dyondre Dominguez shot 4-for-8 from the sector for 10 factors in 12 first half minutes, capped off with an emphatic dunk with two minutes left to increase UMass’ result in 37-30.
Fernandez then closed the primary half with a three-pointer, giving UMass a 44-38 lead on the break.
Three and a half minutes into the second half, La Salle tied it 48-48 and the groups traded baskets earlier than the Explorers took a 58-53 lead.
A Wildens Leveque dunk and an Isaac Kante The put-back pulled the Minutemen again to inside one at 60-59.
After the Explorers prolonged the lead once more to 77-71, the Minutemen began working with lower than 4 minutes left to play. Tafara Gapare Luis hit a layup and added two free throws with 2:45 left to chop it to 77-75.
La Salle linked on a free throw earlier than Leveque’s highly effective dunk made it a 78-77 sport with 43 seconds left.
The UMass protection held La Salle to a shot clock violation to present the Minutemen the ball and an opportunity to win with 16.7 seconds left, however they missed the game-winning basket.
Massachusetts stays at house with a 7 pm sport on Saturday, January 14 in opposition to Rhode Island on the Mullins Heart (tickets).
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