ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis used a 10-2 run late in the game to defeat Massachusetts, 70-62 in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams at Chaifetz Arena Thursday.
UMass (10-4, 0-1) saw its seven-game win streak come to an end while SLU (12-3, 1-0) won its ninth-straight.
The Minutemen shot 40 percent from the floor in a game that had 15 lead changes and seven ties.
The Billikens shot 44 pct. and were paced offensively by Rob Loe’s 20 points and seven boards. Jordair Jett had 15.
SLU’s run came at a time when UMass had just completed a 10-4 run of its own to stake a 54-50 lead with 9:28 remaining.
In a back-and-forth first 20 minutes, neither team led by more than four as the score changed hands 13 times and was tied six times. Both teams shot 44 percent in the first period.
UMass will finish its road trip with a game at Fordham on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off at Rose Hill Gymnasium is set for 1 p.m. Eastern time and the game will be televised on the YES Network.