AMHERST, Mass.(UMASS.com) – A late 11-point run and a defensive stand allowing just two points in the final six minutes enabled the UMass men’s basketball team to defeat Richmond 70-65 on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center. Three Minutemen scored in double figures led by 18 from Chaz Williams. Cady Lalanne added 12 points, while Sampson Carter had 10 points in the win.
The win improves UMass to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in the Atlantic 10, while Richmond falls to 13-8 overall and 3-3 in league action. The Minutemen will next play at La Salle on Wednesday, Jan. 30 with tip-off set for 7 PM.
Richmond was led by 13 points from Wayne Sparrow, 12 points from Cedrick Lindsay and 10 points from Greg Robbins.
Though UMass led the entire way in the first half, Richmond used an early 8-to-2 run at the start of the second half to take its first lead of the game, 37-36, nearly three minutes into the stanza thanks to a pair of Lindsay free throws. After Lalanne hit a jumper to tie the game at 40-40, Richmond used another 8-to-2 run to go up 48-42 capped by another pair of free throws from Lindsay.
Two free throws from Maxie Esho (4 points, 9 rebounds) followed by a highlight alley-oop from Williams to Raphiael Putney that pulled UMass within three. Cady Lalanne tied the game 54-54 on a three-point play with 8:50 left in the game after being fouled going strong to the basket in the lane.
The Spiders extended the lead back to seven on two Alonzo Nelson-Ododa free throws, but a Williams three-pointer ignited a 7-to-0 UMass run that tied the game at 63 each with 4:09 to go.