Saint Louis 69, Massachusetts 56

Kyle Cassity scored 16 points and Saint Louis defeated

Massachusetts 69-56 on Sunday for its sixth straight win.

Willie Reed and Cody Ellis added 14 points each and Kwamain

Mitchell 11 for the Billikens (18-8, 9-3 Atlantic 10 Conference),

who moved 1 1/2 games ahead of idle Charlotte for fourth in the

A10. Reed was 7-of-10 as Saint Louis made 48.1 percent of its field

goals (25 of 52) and 80 percent from the free throw line (12 of

15).

The Minutemen (10-17, 4-9), who trailed by as many as 11 in the

first half, pulled within 30-29 at halftime.

UMass tied it at 37 on Terrell Vinson’s layup with 16:49 to go,

and both teams exchanged baskets to make it 39-39, 26 seconds

later.

Saint Louis then went on a 9-2 run to pull away and led 48-41 on

Cassity’s free throw with 11:27 remaining.

Ricky Harris scored 23 and Vinson finished with 19 for the

Minutemen.