Chaz Williams had one of his worst performances in a Minutemen jersey last time out, he sure wasn't going to make it two in a row. Williams jumped all over Central Connecticut State early, on the way to a team-high 12 points, along with two rebounds and assists.
Between Williams strong play, some hot shooting and a slew of Blue Devils turnovers, UMass leads Central Connecticut State 47-32 at the half.
Terrell Vinson and Freddie Riley each have eight points for the Minutemen, including a near 30-feet, 3-point shot from Riley. Senior forward Sean Carter continued his hot play of late with two points, five rebounds and two blocks in the opening session.
The Blue Devils were led by Robby Ptacek, who has a game-high 14 points that includes six made free throws.
UMass hit 19-of-38 field goal attempts (50 percent) including six made 3-pointers. On the other side, the Blue Devils hit 37 percent of their shots and turned the ball over 12 times in the half.
The Blue Devils gave the Minutemen an early lead before the game could even start, when they were called for a technical for dunking during warmups. After the Blue Devils took a 4-3, UMass went on a 13-0 run and have not trailed since.