UMass 72, Quinnipiac 67: Minutemen Fend Off Bobcats With Big Second Half Run

After a week-long layoff, UMass is back on the court and back home to take on a pesky Quinnipiac team. Two of the top rebounding teams in the country will be on display, as the battle of the boards could determine Saturday night's winner.

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Quinnipiac 40, UMass 36: UMass Defense Struggling Against Bobcats

It’s going to be another exciting finish in the I-91 rivalry after a tight first half between the UMass Minutemen and Quinnipiac Bobcats.

Chaz Williams leads UMass with eight points and four assists including a running layup with under five seconds left in the half to close the deficit to four. Sophomore forward Raphiael Putney added seven points for the Minutemen and Freddie Riley and and Javorn Farrell chipped in five points.

Quinnipiac was led by the two-headed monster of James Johnson and Ike Azotam. The pair scored 26 of the team’s 40 points in the half, with Azotam finishing with 12 points and six rebounds.

Both teams shot the ball well in the first half, with the Bobcats hitting 55 percent of their attempts and UMass knocking down 41 percent of their shots. The squads were even more impressive from beyond the arc, with both teams hitting five attempts.

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