Dayton 76, UMass 43: Minutemen's Youth Apparent in Crushing Loss

UMass will look to get back to .500 in road games (4-5) Saturday when they travel to Dayton for a must-win game against an inconsistent Flyers team.

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UMass Vs. Dayton Final Score: Flyers Soar By Minutemen 76-43

Expectations and the road are two of the most difficult things a young team must learn to deal with. UMass has a long way to go before they can overcome the "young" label and develop into more than just an exciting team in the Atlantic 10 after the team's worst performance of the season.

Dayton (18-10, 8-6 A10) held the Minutemen to just 24.5 percent (13-of-53) shooting and rolled all over UMass (19-9, 8-6) in the second half to hand UMass their biggest loss of the season 76-43. After a poor first half for both teams, Dayton shot 53.8 percent in the second half behind five double-digit scorers.

Sophomore point guard Chaz Williams led the Minutemen with 11 points, three assists and two steals but struggled woefully shooting the ball. Williams knocked down just 2-of-12 shots and committed two turnovers before fouling out after 28 minutes of play. Freshmen Maxie Esho was the most efficient UMass player on the day, he just missed out on a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Senior forward Chris Johnson led Dayton with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Flyers. Johnson knocked down 6-of-11 shots, including matching UMass from behind the arc with 4 made 3-pointers. Leading scorer Kevin Dillard one the battle of the point guard position, finishing with 14 points and seven assists.

The Minutemen played one of their worst first halves of the season but still managed to go into the half trailing by just 10 (28-18). In that half, UMass shot just 26.9 percent from the field but with 20 minutes to play-there was plenty of time to make a comeback, with some stronger shooting.

Unfortunately the deficit and shooting percentages would only get uglier for UMass in the second half. UMass hit just 6-of-27 (22 percent) shot from the field and were dominated in the paint by a 20-6 margin. When the final buzzer finally sounded in Dayton, the Minutemen had just three players (Williams, Esho and Terrell Vinson) who had more than one made basket.

UMass will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to face Temple, the number one team in the Atlantic 10, at 7 p.m. EDT.

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UMass Vs. Dayton Halftime Update: Minutemen's Poor Shooting Puts Them in 28-18 Hole

The road has been a dangerous place for UMass all season long and that was the certainly the case in the first half in Dayton. Despite avoiding turnovers, which has been a big problem in road tilts, the Crimson's abysmal shooting from the field leaves UMass in need of a big comeback in a must-win game for their playoff hopes.

The Flyers take a 28-18 lead into the break, after UMass shot just 28 percent (7-of-25) from the field and 11.1 percent (1-of-9) from behind the arc.

Freshmen Maxie Esho is the only player with more than one made field goal, as the forward recorded a team-high eight points and five rebounds in 14 minutes. Leading scorer Chaz Williams has 0 points on 0-for-3 shooting and picked up two fouls in the first half.

Forward Luke Fabrizius led Dayton with nine points on three 3-pointers in just five minutes because of his own foul trouble (two fouls). Chris Johnson added eight points of his own for the Flyers who only shot 33 percent in the first half but did knock down 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) 3-point attempts.

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