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UMass Makes Late Comeback, Beats St. Joseph’s 66-62

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

by KEN POWTAK, Associated Press

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Chaz Williams scored eight of his 22 points in the closing six minutes Wednesday night, leading No. 19 Massachusetts to a 66-62 comeback win over Saint Joseph’s in the conference openers for both teams.

Maxie Esho scored 12 points and Raphiael Putney had 11 for the Minutemen (13-1 overall, 1-0 Atlantic-10).

Halil Kanacevic led Saint Joseph’s (9-5, 0-1) with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Langston Galloway had 18 points and DeAndre Bembry 16 for the Hawks, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.

UMass pulled out the win despite an off night by center and second-leading scorer Cady Lalanne, who picked up two early fouls. He finished with four points.

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