A three-game losing streak throughout the midway point of February virtually crushed the Minutemen’s resume potential, so now it appears that UMass must focus on gaining some momentum and gearing up for a run in Brooklyn come March.
On Saturday afternoon however, UMass put an end to that three-game losing streak, moving back above .500 within the conference with a 76-66 victory over Dayton. The win was spearheaded by a career performance from sophomore forward Cady Lalanne.
On Saturday, Lalanne was virtually dominant, as the Flyers had no answer for him the front court. Lalanne finished the game with a career-high 22 points and 14 rebounds, notching his fifth double-double of the season. Last season as a freshman, Lalanne was considered a raw talent for head coach Derek Kellogg, but the 6-foot-10 forward has begun to mold himself into more of a consistent threat here in 2013.
Lalanne’s performance on Saturday is a testament to that and his ability to produce on Saturday was crucial in helping UMass avoid a fourth consecutive loss. Leading scorer Chaz Williams was held to only nine points in the win, so it’s a good sign for the Minutemen to see others step up..
The Minutemen have an intriguing stretch over the course of their three remaining regular season contests. A pair of road games and a visit from Butler on Mar. 7 is how things will take shape down the stretch. The Minutemen will be looking to make a little bit of noise during this final stretch before action within the A-10 tournament takes center stage.
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