This game had all the makings of a possible upset! You got Massachusetts who has been battled test in the early part of the season taking on the likes of Harvard (Ivy), Providence, NC State, and Tennessee. The only team they were able to beat out of those four was Harvard and that was at home at the Mullins Center.
Actually, the opposite the Hurricanes came to Amherst and defeated the Minutemen 75-62. The Hurricanes played some great basketball and took Massachusetts’ offense out of the game. Miami (FL) defense was very good today and it showed as UMass shot 28.6 percent from the field and 21.9 percent from the field. These are numbers that we don’t see from this Massachusetts team very often!
Another thing that the Hurricanes did on defense was make Minutemen point guard Chaz Williams a non factor. Williams did get a double-double consisting of 11 points and 10 rebounds but those 11 points were hard to come by.
Williams had a bad shooting night and so did the rest of the team but he is the player that stirs the pot for UMass. He shot 3 of 12 from the field and 0 of 5 from the three point line, which basically summed up his night.
I guess as a Minutemen fan, the only two bright spots in this game you can take away is that senior forward Terrell Vinson had a double-double consisting of 14 points and 11 rebounds and that UMass only turned the ball over six times. If you only turn the ball over six times in a game, you should win but if you shoot horribly then you are diminishing your chances of a victory.
UMass starts off this month of December with a loss but in their next four games, three of them will be at home where they will take on Elon (Southern), and two tough teams in Ohio University and East Carolina.
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