AMHERST, Mass. – The UMass men’s basketball team was able to improve to 10-3, Thursday night, as the Minutemen beat Davidson (7-4), 73-65. The Minutemen remain undefeated in the friendly confines of the Mullins Center now at a record of 5-0, 6-0 including the season-opener at the Cage. They are now riding a four-game win streak going into next Friday’s match-up against Central Connecticut. Jesse Morgan led the Minutemen with 14 points, while Maxie Esho had a career-high 12 points.
A Putney three-pointer with 15:45 left in the first half gave UMass an 11-9 lead early, but Davidson responded with a 12-2 run to take a 21-13 lead over the next four minutes. A lay-up by Putney for his 10th point of the game stemmed the run.
With Davidson up 26-17, the Minutemen responded with an 9-0 run of their own. A pair of Maxie Esho free throws tied the game at 26-26 with 4:37 left before halftime.
Momentum once again shifted the way of the Wildcats to close out the half as Davidson used a 9-3 run to go into the break up 35-29.
The game of runs continued in the first six minutes of the second half with UMass putting together a 17-4 run sparked by five points from Morgan and a four-point play from Maxie Esho. Esho added a put-back with 12:53 left giving UMass a seven-point lead 46-39 – its largest of the game.
Tom Droney hit a three from the left wing with 12:24 to go to pull Davidson back within four and sparking an 8-0 run which gave the Wildcats a 47-46 lead.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Freddie Riley put UMass back up 52-47 with 9:17 left in the second half.
The teams traded baskets for nearly the next six minutes until a pair of free throws by Davidson’s Jake Cohen cut UMass’ lead to one, 58-57, with 3:30 left to go.
Recap courtesy of UMass Athletics