UMass Minutemen Defeat Lower Ranked Elon in Overtime

By Jovan Alford
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

In a game that the UMass Minutemen needed to have, they got it but would have to go into overtime to get the W. UMass would go on to defeat Elon (Southern) 78-73 as many people thought that the Phoenix should not have not been in this game.

The reason why Elon was still in this game was because three out of their five starters were in double figures. Leading the way in scoring for the Phoenix was junior guard Jack Isenbarger who scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out five assists.

Also helping him was Sebastian Koch who had a good game as he scored more points and rebounds in this game than he has this season. Koch was one rebound away from a double-double as he would finish with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Finally, since we are talking about double-doubles Elon’s junior forward Lucas Troutman would get one in today’s game. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds to help keep Elon in the game.

But even though, Elon had all that working in their favor they still could not beat the Minutemen. There are a few reasons on how UMass defeated Elon, let’s take a look at them. First of all, junior guard Chaz Williams had a way better game than he did the last time out versus Miami (FL). Williams had 20 points, nine assists, and four rebounds.

Senior forward Terrell Vinson had a tremendous game scoring wise as he had 22 points but also had a great shooting day at the free throw line. From the free throw line, Vinson went 13 of 14, which was key down the stretch especially in overtime.

The Minutemen now have put together a two game winning streak and have a big game in four days versus the Ohio Bobcats. Ohio is 7-2 this season and one of the better teams out of the MAC conference.

Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.

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