Massachusetts 83, Holy Cross 76

Anthony Gurley scored 24 points and three other players reached

double figures as Massachusetts held off a big Holy Cross rally in

the second half to win 83-76 on Saturday.

UMass built a 70-46 lead with 8:21 to play before Holy Cross

went on an 11-0 run that started a 28-8 surge to cut the lead to

78-74 with 31 seconds remaining. UMass made 5 of 6 free throw

attempts the rest of the way to secure the win and its first 6-0

start since the 1995-96 season.

Freddie Riley added 17 points, Sampson Carter had 14 and Sean

Carter had 12 for UMass.

It was the third straight win for UMass over Holy Cross.

Devin Brown led Holy Cross (0-5) with 18 points, including 11

points in the final 8 minutes. He made all 11 of his free throw

attempts for the game. Andrew Keister had 16 points and 11

rebounds, Mike Cavataio had 13 points and R.J. Evans 11 for the

Crusaders.