Miami (Ohio) loses 73-65 at No. 23 Massachusetts
AMHERST, Mass. (AP)
Miami's big men stood tall against No. 23 Massachusetts. The RedHawks had other problems against the Minutemen.
Will Felder scored 22 points, but Miami struggled from long range during a 73-65 loss on Saturday night.
Geovonie McKnight had 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds for Miami (4-7), which went 1 for 14 from 3-point range. Joshua Oswald scored 12 points.
Miami outrebounded the taller Minutemen 34-27, but it also committed 18 turnovers.
''Last year, they crushed us on the boards,'' RedHawks coach John Cooper said. ''As for the 3s, I thought a lot of those shots were good looks. We also missed a lot of layups early.''
Copper said many of the turnovers were unforced, and the sloppiness kept cropping up whenever the Redhawks cut into UMass' second-half lead.
''We didn't play with energy across the board,'' Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg said. ''We'll have to play better in the conference.''
Kellogg was particularly unhappy with the Minutemen's rebounding deficit.
''To get outrebounded by anybody is not a good thing at this point,'' he said. ''Our bigs are supposed to be our strength.''
Cady Lalanne had 12 points and Trey Davis finished with 11 for the Minutemen.
Davis made two straight 3-pointers to help Massachusetts open a 36-27 lead in the first half. But Felder had a layup at the buzzer as Miami closed to 36-32 at the break.
Felder and McKnight had 10 points apiece in the first half.
The Minutemen used their press to pull away from Miami in the second half. Esho's driving three-point play made it 49-38 with 11:26 left.
Miami scored only six points in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Back-to-back hoops by Oswald got Miami within 51-44 but Williams had a big 3-pointer and a key steal that helped UMass run the lead back out to 61-50 with 3:57 left.
The Minutemen were plagued by turnovers early on, but played solid defense and then began plugging away inside with Lalanne. Williams started to get out on the break and his second three-point play put UMass up 20-12 with 8:43 left in the first half.