UMass is no longer perfect at home after the La Salle Explorers, behind 18 points from senior guard Earl Pettis, upended the Minutemen 72-71 on Saturday evening.
Freshman forward Maxie Esho was a surprise contributor from the bench for UMass, scoring a career-best 18 points on 7-9 shooting. His contributions proved not to be enough, however, and the Minutemen slip to 7-5 in A-10 conference play.
With the win, La Salle pulled itself into a tie with UMass within the conference, and both teams have positioned themselves in the A-10's upper-tier heading into the conference tournament, to be held starting early next month.
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