March 7, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. – Rotnei Clark and Kameron Woods each scored 17 points to lead Butler to a 73-62 win over the UMass men’s basketball team on Thursday night in front of a season-high 9,341 at the Mullins Center. Senior Terrell Vinson led the Minutemen with 17 points, 14 coming in the second half, while Sampson Carter added 12.
No other Minutemen reached double figures as UMass fell to 18-10 overall and 8-7 in the Atlantic 10. Butler improves to 23-7 overall and 10-5 in league action.
Khyle Marshall also led the Bulldog offense with 14 points, while Andrew Smith scored 13 and added 15 rebounds.
Chaz Williams had eight points for UMass along with eight assists.
Butler eased out to a 15-7 lead in the first eight minutes. A Trey Davis 3-pointer got UMass within one, 19-18 with 8:07 left, before Butler scored nine-straight over the next five minutes, pushing the margin to 28-18.
The Bulldogs took a 30-22 lead into the locker room, despite missing all 11 3-point attempts.
Butler scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half for a 38-24 lead with 17:29 to play – its largest of the game.
UMass got to within eight three times in the next three minutes before Butler pushed the lead back to double digits and 14 points again, 59-45 on a Rotnei Clark 3-pointer with 7:30 left.
Two Clark free throws a minute later gave the Bulldogs their largest lead at 16 points.
Butler finished the game with a 37-to-20 advantage on the boards highlighted by 17 offensive rebounds which the Bulldogs converted into 17 points.
UMass will conclude the regular-season on Saturday when it travels to Rhode Island. Tip-off against the Rams at the Ryan Center is set for 2 p.m.